WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks nominations of peanut producers and industry representatives to serve three-year terms on the Peanut Standards Board beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2023. The deadline to submit nominations is April 9, 2020.
The board has 18 members who represent peanut producers and industry representatives in three regions: Southeast (Alabama, Florida and Georgia), Southwest (New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas), and Virginia/Carolina (Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina). Each region has three producer and three industry representative seats with staggered three-year terms.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will select individuals from the nominations submitted and appoint one producer and one industry representative from each region to succeed members whose terms expire on June 30, 2020.
Nominating forms and information about the board are available on the Agricultural Marketing Service Peanut Standards Board Nominations webpage. More information is also available by contacting Marketing Specialist Steven W. Kauffman at Steven.Kauffman@usda.gov or Regional Director Christian D. Nissen at Christian.Nissen@usda.gov or by contacting the Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Southeast Marketing Field Office at (863) 324-3375 or fax (863) 291-8614.
A notice of the request for nominations was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 24, 2020.
The 2002 Farm Bill established the Peanut Standards Board to consult with USDA regarding quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported peanuts. The board plays a key role in representing the U.S. peanut industry on issues affecting quality and marketability.