February 15, 2017 – ATLANTA – The National Peanut Board held its quarterly board meeting in Atlanta Feb. 7-8, and addressed funding for FY-17 state production research projects. Recommendations for 69 project proposals totaling $1.8 million were reviewed and approved.
“High-quality peanut research matters to today’s peanut farmer as we address challenges of disease management, conservation of resources and cost efficiencies,” said Ed White, NPB chairman and Alabama member. “Our research dollars simply ensure peanuts will remain a competitive, sustainable commodity now and into the future.”
Since 2001, NPB has invested $29 million in production research and $12 million over the past five years. Funding production research to increase efficiencies for America’s peanut farmers and their families is a core part of the Board’s mission.
During the meeting of the Diversity Advisory Council, Leigh Allen, executive director of the National Black Growers Council (NBGC), presented to the Board, focusing on strategies to involve minority peanut farmers. The mission of the NBGC is to improve the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of black row crop farmers.
The next meeting of the National Peanut Board will be held April 5 and 6 in Starkville, Miss.