Millions of Dollars Spent on Gov’t ‘National Mango Board’

Federal board promotes consumption of the tropical fruit…

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(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) It could be that the reason so many Americans think the federal government wastes a lot of money is that the federal government spends a lot of money in ways most people would consider wasteful.

Witness the National Mango Board.

Yes, a federal board to promote mango consumption (and do some research into mango-related topics).

Judicial Watch, usually known as a public corruption watchdog, highlighted this board in a January 9 report as an example of government largesse that is “unlikely to [represent] a pressing issue for most Americans.”

Nothing against mangoes, but most people might wonder why a federal agency – in this case, the Department of Agriculture – needs to be promoting any particular type of produce for domestic consumption.

Judicial Watch notes the Mango Board’s $6.7 million budget, highlights its production of a 38-page report on the best temperature at which to transport the perishable fruit, and informs readers that the 18-member board is appointed directly by the Secretary of Agriculture and overseen by an entity known as the Agricultural Marketing Service.

In the grand scheme of things, $6.7 million is a drop in the bucket, or mango basket, in a total federal budget of $4.1 trillion.

Further research shows it isn’t even really that much money in terms of ordinary taxpayer dollars.

The board’s budget comes not from general tax revenue, but from “assessments” on mango imports and on large-scale domestic mango producers.

In other words, the mango industry funds the National Mango Board – but of course those costs are passed on to consumers.

Federal agents do oversee the collection of the assessments, and (as noted above) the federally funded Agricultural Marketing Services do provide oversight for the Mango Board and others of similar nature.

The incremental costs for those federal services are probably small, and not readily quantifiable.

In a statement, the Mango Board Executive Director Manuel Michel said that taxpayers aren’t even on the hook for those expenses: “Our organization uses its own resources and reimburses the government for any time and money they spend in working with us.”

Still, critics like Judicial Watch imply that it’s a legitimate question to ask why this board, or others like it such as the National Honey Board, the National Peanut Board, and the National Popcorn Board, needs federal government support or oversight at all.

The “Specialty Crops Program” at the Department of Agriculture is, after all, ultimately funded by taxpayers.

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  • Dan

    You can’t change stupid

  • Nancy Garrett-scheier

    This seems wrong, doesn’t it? (bigly sarcastic)

  • MichaelB

    Doesn’t state the benefits of this oversight.

    • Herb1949

      Do you suppose that is because there is none?

  • YAZDA

    Folks,
    Whenever FED gets involve there has to be a reason.
    In case of Mangoes, best mangoes come from India. But they are almost banned in USA. The reason is fruits from some countries may have been exposed to insecticide. This is just an excuse to help some of the big name fruit exporters with millions of dollars they contribute.

  • Farte’

    This is the reason why I don’t want the Gov’t spending my money.

  • John

    Wow, do they even grow them in this country? The percentage imported vs domestic has got to be lopsided.

  • Lili J

    Don’t YOU feel better knowing your hard eared $$ goes towards this?

  • Rolpho Signetti

    They should give me a rebate for every mango I have eaten over the last 10 years! That would teach them!

    Let’s see… 10 years=one mango!
    You owe me 27 cents!

  • old_salty_dawg99

    This one of those taxes Democraps love and will NEVER let die. It is also a perfect example of how they feel they must control everything. This is one of those things Trump was elected to get rid of namely a massive waste of money. See this is just a single example of waste I wonder how many more will turn up or be found once a through review of all departments is done????

    • Denise Mccoy

      Yes, but I bet its in the continuing resolution/budget along with many others.

  • Louie Rey

    Could you imagine what we’d be able to accomplish if there was no government waste? The border wall and the country’s infrastructure would be completely funded.

  • icthelite

    I’ve been trying to find out when this board originated and under which presidency! There is no history about this “National Mango Board”.
    If anyone is researching this I’d like to join up with you.

  • icthelite

    SNIP: “The board’s budget comes not from general tax revenue, but from “assessments” on mango imports and on large-scale domestic mango producers.”
    If this is the case then where is the $6.7 million spent? And why is it even given to the National Mango Board?