We're an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that educates consumers about the benefits and uses of honey and honey products. Our research, marketing and promotional programs are funded by an assessment on domestic and imported honey and are designed to increase awareness and usage of honey by consumers, the foodservice industry and food manufacturers.
The National Honey Board (NHB), which operates under U.S. Department of Agriculture oversight, is not a regulatory agency and does not have powers of enforcement. The Board is prohibited from using funds to influence legislation or governmental action or policy.
The NHB is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 and was established under the rules and regulations of the Honey Packers and Importers Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order, effective May 2008.
The National Honey Board began in the mid-1980s when a group of honey producers and other industry representatives got together to discuss a powerful new idea: What would happen if they pooled their resources to work to spread the word about honey? By working together, they theorized, the industry could advertise, conduct research and promote honey in ways that were simply too costly and time consuming without a cooperative effort. The original National Honey Board was authorized by an Act of Congress and established under the rules and regulations of a subsequent Federal Order. The Board began operation in early 1987.
In April 2008, the first handlers and importers of honey and honey products voted to approve a new national honey packers and importers program. The vote was taken in a referendum conducted by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Operations of the previous Honey Board were picked up by this new program and the name National Honey Board was kept. The Board is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 and was established under the rules and regulations of the Honey Packers and Importers Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order that was published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2008. The Board's programs are administered under USDA supervision.
The Honey Packers and Importers Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order(7 CFR PART 1212) establishes and authorizes the National Honey Board. You may view the full text of the Order on the GPOAccess website, which maintains the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations or by clicking on the link below.
The purpose of the Board and these Bylaws shall be to implement the provisions of the Honey Packers and Importers Research Promotion and Consumer Education and Industry Information Order, and to carry out a coordinated program of advertising, promotion, consumer education, development and marketing research for honey and honey products also to establish a fair and orderly procedure whereby adequate funds can be assembled to fulfill the provisions of this program.
The National Honey Board must authorize and fund an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of its plans and programs at least once every five years. The most recent evaluation, Honey Demand and the Impact of the National Honey Board's Generic Promotion Programs, was conducted during 2013 and completed March 2014.