The Hass Avocado Board (HAB), which conducts generic avocado marketing for foreign and domestic suppliers, has scheduled its annual board elections.

May 15 is the deadline for submission of nomination forms. The HAB expects to mail ballots to producers and importers by May 29 with a June 30 return deadline. New members will be seated at the board meeting in November.

The Hass Avocado Board was established in 2002 after approval by producers and importers of Hass avocados in a national referendum. Operating under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the HAB has contracted with the California Avocado Commission (CAC) to implement its marketing programs. Both producers and importers are involved in the HAB, which covers fresh domestic and imported Hass avocados sold in the U.S. market.