USDA Seeks Nominees for the National Peanut Board

February 28, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominees for the National Peanut Board to replace one producer member and one alternate for the states of Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas, and the at-large member for the states of Louisiana and Missouri. Members and alternates are nominated by producers or producer groups within their respective states. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will appoint individuals to succeed members whose terms expire on December 31, 2018. Appointed members and alternates will serve three-year terms.

State peanut nomination meetings are underway for Georgia, Louisiana and Texas and are scheduled on March 14 for South Carolina, and March 16 for Missouri.

For information, contact the board’s Vice President of Finance and Compliance Maria Mehok at (678) 424-5750 or email You may also contact USDA Marketing Specialist Jeanette Palmer at (202) 720-9915 or

The National Peanut Board is industry-funded and supports the national marketing and promotion of peanuts. The board is composed of 12 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. Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

More information about the board is available on the AMS website and the National Peanut Board website.

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