WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has announced the reappointment of two members and the appointment of one new member to serve on the Popcorn Board. The nominees were appointed from nominations submitted by the industry.



Richard Duty, Denver, Colo.; and Garrett K. Smith, Sioux City, Iowa, have been reappointed to serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2007, and ending Dec. 31, 2009.



Mike Weaver, Carmel, Ind., has been appointed to serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2007, and ending on Dec. 31, 2009.



The board -- authorized by the Popcorn Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act -- conducts promotion, research and consumer information activities to maintain and expand the popcorn market. The nine-member board is composed of eligible popcorn processors who normally process and distribute more than 4 million pounds of popcorn annually.



The program is funded through assessments paid by eligible popcorn processors. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service monitors the operations of the Popcorn Board.



SOURCE: USDA news release.