WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking eight nominees for the National Peanut Board to replace one producer member and one alternate for Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and the at-large region. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint individuals to succeed members whose terms expire on Dec. 31, 2021. Appointed members and alternates will serve three-year terms.
Members and alternates are nominated by producers or producer groups within their respective states. The 2021 state peanut nomination meetings are scheduled for the at-large region on Jan. 27, Texas on March 3 and South Carolina on March 27. Georgia’s meeting date, currently scheduled for March, will be confirmed at a later date.
For information about state nomination meetings and the application process, contact Maria Mehok, the board’s Vice President of Finance and Compliance, at (678) 424-5750 or email@example.com. You may also contact USDA Marketing Specialist Jeanette Palmer at (202) 720-5976 or Jeanette.Palmer@ams.usda.gov.
The National Peanut Board is industry-funded and supports the national marketing and promotion of peanuts. The board is composed of 13 producer members and their alternates for the primary peanut-producing states and one at-large member who also serves as an alternate for the minor peanut-producing states. More information about the board is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Peanut Board webpage and on the board’s website, nationalpeanutboard.org.
Since 1966, Congress has authorized industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight to 21 boards. The oversight ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity and is paid for by industry assessments.
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