The Popcorn Board

The Popcorn Board was established by Congress in April 1996 by the “Popcorn Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act,” (Popcorn Promotion Act) which was part of the larger Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act (PL 104-127). Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) and Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) were the original sponsors of H.R. 2593 and S. 1336, respectively.  The Popcorn Promotion Act was designed to “strengthen the position of the popcorn industry in the marketplace” by establishing and giving authority to the Popcorn Board. The law specifically prohibits the Popcorn Board from using any funds “to influence government action or policy," raising questions about the propriety of the alliance between OSHA and the Popcorn Board.