Burleson’s Honey Quality Assurance Manager Michelle Poulk is currently serving on the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Honey Board. The board is an industry-funded research and promotion organization that educates consumers about the benefits of honey and honey products.
Burleson and five others were appointed to serve three-year terms through 2020.
In making the announcement Perdue said, “The wide range of experience represented on the board is key to the success of the innovative research, education and promotional work they do to expand domestic markets for honey and honey products through consumer education. The board can count on [the] USDA to continue to be a trusted partner to the honey industry.”
The 20-member National Honey Board is composed of three first handler representatives, two importer representatives, one importer-handler representative, three producer representatives, one marketing cooperative representative, and an alternate for each.
Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.