ATLANTA — United States Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, recently appointed four members and four alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board (NPB). The appointees will serve three-year terms, from Jan. 1, 2023, Dec. 31, 2025, with the exceptions of the At-Large appointees whose terms will begin immediately and end Dec. 31, 2024. The date the members and alternates will be sworn in by the USDA is to be determined.
Greg Baltz of Pocahontas is the reappointed member from Arkansas. Allen Donner of Manila is the reappointed alternate from Arkansas.
Clay Deane of Sikeston is the reappointed member from Missouri. Russ Hoggard of Portageville is the reappointed alternate from Missouri.
Mark DeLeon of Erick is the new member from Oklahoma. Les Crall of Weatherford is the new alternate from Oklahoma. Crall previously served as member and was NPB’s 2022 chairman.
Lucy Shackelford of Bonita, Louisiana is the newly appointed at-large member. Shackelford previously served as at-large alternate. Clifford Neece of Portales, New Mexico is the new at-large alternate.
The Board is comprised of 12 producer members and their alternates. Eleven members and alternates are from the primary peanut producing states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. An at-large member and alternate represent the minor peanut producing states.
— National Peanut Board