USDA Seeks Nominees for National Peanut Board

March 19, 2024

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominees for the National Peanut Board for one producer member and one alternate for Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and At-Large seats. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint individuals to succeed members whose terms of office end on Dec. 31, 2024. Appointed members will serve three-year terms.

Members and alternates are nominated by producers or producer groups within their respective states. State peanut nomination meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • At-Large: March 19
  • Texas: March 20

Georgia held its nomination meeting Feb. 7, 2024, and South Carolina held its nomination meeting on March 13, 2024.

For more information about state nomination meetings and the application process, contact Maria Mehok, Senior Vice President of Finance and Compliance, National Peanut Board, at (678) 424-5750 or at You may also contact Vickie Carpenter, Marketing Specialist, USDA, at (202) 400-1865 or at; or Deanna Bakken, Marketing Specialist, USDA, at (970) 652-0923 or at

The 12 member board includes11 members and their alternates representing the primary peanut-producing states and one at-large member and their alternate who represent the minor peanut-producing states. More information about the board is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Peanut Board webpage or on the National Peanut Board’s website at

AMS policy is that diversity of the boards, councils and committees it oversees should reflect the diversity of their industries in terms of the experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies and other distinguishing factors, including but not limited to individuals from historically underserved communities, that will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. Throughout the full nomination process, the industry must conduct extensive outreach, paying particular attention to reaching underserved communities, and consider the diversity of the population served and the knowledge, skills and abilities of the members to serve a diverse population.

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 22 boards. The oversight ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity and is paid for by industry assessments.

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