Peanut Industry forms United States Peanut Federation
Peanut industry growers, shellers and buying points have joined together to form the United States Peanut Federation (USPF). USPF will serve as a unified voice in Washington, D.C., for all sectors of the peanut industry and advocate actively for strong agricultural policy. USPF’s mission is to protect, promote, and improve business conditions for the peanut industry. The move was announced on July 13.
“I cannot express how pleased I am that the United States Peanut Federation has been formed to advocate collectively for all sectors of the peanut industry,” said Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga. 2nd District), chairman of the House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee. “I believe the industry will benefit tremendously from this new unified voice. This is truly an organization whose time has come.”
The federation consists of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, the American Peanut Shellers Association and the National Peanut Buying Points Association and will be funded by its member organizations. No additional grower assessments will be collected.
“I commend the associations for joining forces to advocate for our nation’s peanut industry which plays an important role in feeding not only our country but also the world,” said Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga. 8th District), ranking member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit. “As times get tough for our country, it is important to concentrate efforts in a unified voice to better our peanut industry in rural America, and I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this new partnership.”
The USPF will represent several thousand people with interests in the peanut industry. Karl Zimmer, president and CEO of Premium Peanut will serve as the first chairman of the USPF.
“I am thrilled with the launch of the U.S. Peanut Federation, formalizing and bringing structure to years of informal collaboration among growers, buying points, and shellers,” said Zimmer. “By working together, I believe we will be able to effectively advance many issues that are critical to peanuts. Now, more than ever, we are faced with many challenges. By working together in a coordinated fashion, I believe we can solve those challenges to the benefit of every segment of this industry.”
For information about joining the United States Peanut Federation, contact Joe Thomas at (202) 543-7464 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.