USDA Seeks Nominees for the Peanut Standards Board

February 14, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominees for the Peanut Standards Board. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint 18 members to the board. Nomination applications are due by April 30, 2023.

For this nomination cycle, USDA is seeking nine producers and nine industry representatives, from the Southeast (Alabama, Florida, and Georgia), Southwest (Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas,), and Virginia/Carolina (Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) regions. Peanut industry representatives eligible for nomination include, but are not limited to, representatives of shellers, manufacturers, buying points, marketing associations and marketing cooperatives.

USDA invites individuals, organizations, and groups affiliated with the categories listed above to nominate individuals for membership on the board. All qualified nominees are forwarded to Secretary of Agriculture for consideration.

Appointed members will serve terms of office ending June 30, 2024, June 30, 2025, or June 30, 2026. Six appointed members will be randomly assigned to each of the terms of office. The terms of office are staggered so one third of the board is nominated and selected each year.

Nominees should complete an Advisory Committee or Research and Promotion Background Information (AD-755) form provided on the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Peanut Standards Board webpage. You can also request the AD-755 form by contacting USDA Marketing Specialist Steven W. Kauffman at (863) 837-8678.

Please submit the completed AD-755 form to or by mail to Southeast Region Branch, Market Development Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1124 1st Street South, Winter Haven, FL 33880; Telephone: (863) 324-3375; Fax: (863) 291-8614. 

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 Board. Throughout the full nomination process, the industry and AMS 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.

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