ATLANTA — The National Peanut Board held its quarterly board meeting in Atlanta Feb. 11-12 where it reviewed and approved 64 state production research projects for FY-21, for a total of $1,825,758 in funding allocations.
“Today’s peanut farmers are more efficient, see higher yields and have a smaller footprint thanks to decades of high-quality production research,” said Dan Ward, research chairman and North Carolina member. “Our research dollars continue to give farmers the critical information that ensures peanuts remain competitive, now and into the future.”
In its 20-year history, the community of peanut farmers through NPB has invested $37 million in production research. This total includes NPB’s leverage of $871,500—of NPB funds and other industry partners’ funds—with NIFA-matching funds to yield over $2.5 million for NIFA-managed peanut production research.
Funding production research to increase efficiencies for America’s peanut farmers and their families is a core part of the Board’s mission.
Also, during the quarterly board meeting, NPB staff gave an update of the 2020 diversity plan. P.J. Haynie, chairman of the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) and a Virginia farmer, presented to the board, focusing on strategies to involve minority peanut farmers. Ebony Webber, executive director of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS) provided an overview of the organization’s program for minority students.
The next meeting of the National Peanut Board will be held April 9 and 10 in Memphis, where board members will tour the Arkansas growing area.
–National Peanut Board