WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2010 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today appointed three members to serve on the Mushroom Council. They will serve three-year terms beginning immediately and ending on Dec. 31, 2012.
The newly appointed members are: James A. Angelucci of Naples, Fla., and Jim Howard, Cochranville, Pa., Region 2; and Roberto Ramirez, Escondido, Calif., Region 3.
Authorized under the Mushroom Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act of 1990, the Mushroom Council -- composed of fresh market producers or importers who average more than 500,000 pounds of mushrooms annually -- administers a national promotion, research and consumer information program to maintain and expand markets for fresh mushrooms.
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service monitors the operations of the council.
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