Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today appointed one producer alternate member to serve on the Hass Avocado Board.

Kay S. Wild, from Vista, Calif., has been immediately appointed to complete the term that ends on Oct. 31, 2008.

Authorized under the Hass Avocado Promotion, Research and Information Act of 2000, the board administers a national promotion, research and consumer information program to maintain and expand markets for Hass avocados. The board consists of 12 members and alternates, including seven producer members and alternates, and five importer members and alternates.

The program is funded by a 2.5 cents per pound assessment on fresh Hass avocados produced and imported into the United States. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service monitors the operations of the Hass Avocado Board.