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Nominees sought for national peanut, pecan boards

by Compiled by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Mar 03, 2021 at 0:00 AM

The Georgia Peanut Commission is seeking eligible peanut producers interested in serving on the National Peanut Board, and the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for the American Pecan Promotion Board.

The deadline for nominations to the National Peanut Board is 1 p.m. on March 11, when the Georgia Peanut Commission will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board during a meeting at the commission headquarters located at 445 Fulwood Blvd. Tifton. All eligible peanut producers are encouraged to participate. Eligible producers are those engaged in the production and sale of peanuts and who own or share the ownership and risk of loss of the crop.

Andy Bell of Climax is the current Georgia National Peanut Board member and Casey Cox of Camilla serves as the alternate. Their terms expire Dec. 31.

The USDA requires two nominees from each state for each position of member and alternate. The National Peanut Board will submit Georgia’s slate of nominees to the United States 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.

For more information about National Peanut Board nominations, call 229-386-3470.

The AMS is seeking nominations for the American Pecan Promotion Board under the newly established Pecan Promotion, Research, and Information Order. Nominations for the American Pecan Promotion Board are due by March 26. 

The 17-member board will consist of 10 producers and seven importers. The 10 producer members will be allocated between three regions within the United States as follows: three from the Eastern Region; three from the Central Region; and four from the Western Region.  Seven members will be importers. Initial board members’ terms of office of two, three and four years will be assigned by USDA to stagger future terms of office. Each member’s term will begin when USDA approves the nominations.

To serve on the board, pecan producers and importers must have produced or imported more than 50,000 pounds of inshell pecans (25,000 pounds of shelled pecans) on average for four fiscal periods. Producers who produce pecans in more than one region may seek nomination only in the region in which they produce the majority of their pecans.

The order specifies that nominations for producer member seats will be submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture by the American Pecan Council, the 17-member federal marketing order governing body. If you are interested in serving as a producer member please submit your nominations to You may also contact Jeff Smutny at (817) 916-0020.  

USDA is conducting nominations for importer members. Please submit nominations to Patricia Petrella at

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