For immediate release:
January 2, 2017
Contact: Ken Barton
Florida Peanut Producers Association
Florida Peanut Producers Association seeks National Peanut Board nominees
The Florida Peanut Producers Association seeks eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. Florida Peanut Producers Association will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board during a meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm cst at the Jackson County Agricultural Complex and Conference Center, 2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, FL 32448. All eligible peanut producers are encouraged to participate. Eligible producers are those who are engaged in the production and sale of peanuts and who own or share the ownership and risk of loss of the crop.
Jeff Pittman, Bascom, Fl is the current Florida National Peanut Board Member and William Carte, Live Oak, Fl serves as the alternate. The term for the current Florida board member and alternate expires on December 31, 2017.
USDA requires two nominees from each state for each position of member and alternate. The National Peanut Board will submit Florida’s slate of nominees to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, who makes the appointments.
The National Peanut Board encourages inclusion of persons of any race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family status. National Peanut Board encourages all persons who qualify as peanut producers to attend the meeting and run for nomination.
It is USDA’s policy that membership on industry-government boards and committees accurately reflect the diversity of individuals served by the programs.
Florida Peanut Producers Association is the State Check-Off organization for peanuts and represents Florida’s peanut farmers in Promotion, Research and Education.
The National Peanut Board represents all USA peanut farmers and their families. The mission of the Board is to provide USA peanut growers with a receptive and growing market for their peanuts and the information and tools for improved efficiencies. Through research and marketing initiatives the Board is finding new ways to enhance production and increase consumer demand by promoting the great taste, nutrition and culinary versatility of USA-grown peanuts.