Four members have been appointed to serve on the Paper and Packaging Board. Members newly appointed to serve three-year terms:
- Matthew Kaplan, North Brook, Ill. (South Region)
- Jennifer L. Miller, Boston, Mass. (Northeast Region)
- Palace V. Stepps, Hartsville, S.C. (Midwest Region)
- John D. Williams, Fort Mill, S.C. (Importer)
“Research and promotion boards like the Paper and Packaging Board represent a lot of U.S. jobs. They are important for ensuring competitiveness and help strengthen the position of the American-made commodities in the world marketplace,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “I know the paper and packaging industry will be well served by the experience these members bring to the table.”
The Paper and Packaging Board is composed of 12 members: 10 domestic manufacturers, which represent four regions, one at-large member from any region, and one importer. 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 provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.