The National Watermelon Promotion Board has recommended the elimination of the Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan importer membership condition that requires importers to import more than 50 percent of the total volume handled and imported in order to qualify as an importer member.
The change would allow for additional parties to qualify as importer members. The industry believes that this change would increase the importer representation on the board by allowing more individuals to be eligible to serve.
Comments on the proposal must be received by March 15, 2013. Written comments can be submitted online under docket ID AMS-FV-11-0031.