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USDA to provide approximately $6 billion to commodity and special crop producers impacted by 2020 and 2021 natural disasters

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses.

“For over two years, farmers and ranchers across the country have been hard hit by an ongoing pandemic coupled with more frequent and catastrophic natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As the agriculture industry deals with new challenges and stressors, we at USDA look for opportunities to inject financial support back into the rural economy through direct payments to producers who bear the brunt of circumstances beyond their control. These emergency relief payments will help offset the significant crop losses due to major weather events in 2020 and 2021 and help ensure farming operations are viable this crop year, into the next growing season and beyond.”

For more information, see the press release here.


Scholarship Money Available

The Florida Peanut Producers Association is pleased to announce the opening of their 2022 Scholarship Award Program, effective May 2022.

Two $1,200 scholarships will be awarded to deserving high school seniors and/or college students. The applicant or someone in the family must be a peanut grower in Florida, not necessarily a member of the FPPA. Each winner will receive $600 when the scholarship winners are announced. The remaining $600 will be awarded after completing one semester, and documentation of passing grades must be submitted to the FPPA Office. The Florida Peanut Producers Association is committed to helping further the education of young people in Florida. The scholarship program is evidence of our commitment. The committee will make the final selection, and all applicants will be notified by mail. For an application, contact the FPPA office at 2741 Penn Avenue, Suite 1, Marianna, FL 32448, call (850) 526-2590, or download an application on

The Scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2022.


RELEASE DATE: January 15, 2020
Contact: Ken Barton
Florida Peanut Producers Association


MARIANNA, FL – 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 on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 6:30 pm cst at the Jackson County Agricultural Complex and Conference Center on Penn Avenue in 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.

William Carte of Live Oak is the current Florida National Peanut Board member and Jeremy Rolling of Westville serves as the alternate. The term for the current Florida board member and alternate expires Dec. 31, 2020.

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. NPB 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.
The Florida Peanut Producers Association is the state certified check-off organization for peanuts in Florida and represents Florida’s peanut producers in the areas of research, promotion and education.

The National Peanut Board represents all USA peanut farmers and their families. The mission of the Board is to improve the economic condition of USA peanut farmers and their families through compelling promotion and groundbreaking research.