Proposed rule would change NPB requirements
On Aug. 27, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a proposed rule that would change state production requirements to qualify for seats on the National Peanut Board (NPB). The NPB administers the Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order, with oversight from the USDA.
Currently, a state must produce an average 10,000 tons of peanuts to qualify for a seat on the NPB. The proposed rule would raise the threshold to a three-year average of 20,000 tons of peanuts produced. New Mexico would not qualify, and the number of NPB seats would decrease from 13 to 12, plus alternates.
According to the Federal Register notice, the change is being proposed to address ongoing difficulties finding sufficient numbers of nominees to fill the board.
The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register and is open for public comments until Sept. 27. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this proposed rule. All comments must be submitted through the Federal e-rulemaking portal at: http://www.regulations.gov. To access the comments portal for this rule, use docket number AMS-SC-20-0100.
For more information, contact AMS Marketing Specialist Victoria M. Carpenter at 202.720.6930 or VictoriaM.Carpenter@usda.gov.