Farmers

At the National Peanut Board, we represent all USA peanut farmers and their families. Through research and marketing initiatives, we’re finding new ways to enhance production and increase the demand of USA-grown peanuts. See how advances in research, technology and farming techniques have increased the sustainability of peanut farming. Meet the men and women who grow America’s favorite nut. 

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Seeks National Peanut Board Nominees

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board during a Zoom Virtual Conference Call meeting Wednesday, January 27, at 1:00 p.m. 

New Grant Supports Peanut Farmer Education: Q&A with Program Director

Times are challenging on the farm these days. Farmers run and finance large and diverse businesses, manage capital, handle labor issues and navigate regulations. An operator is constantly busy working in their business. The Executive Farm Management Program (EFMP) is designed to help farmers work on their business. In 2021, the National Peanut Board is proud to partner on the EFMP to support peanut farmers’ participation in this educational activity.

NPB will provide a $150 tuition grant for up to 100 U.S. peanut farmers who participate in the 2021 EFMP, held virtually, Feb. 10-12, 2021. Farmers can find out more details and sign up for the program at go.ncsu.edu/efm.

Providing a Seat at the Table for Black Growers: Q&A with the Executive Director of the National Black Growers Council

Peanut growers are among the most united producers in agriculture. We are a family and a powerful community and it’s important to ensure all of us have access to the opportunities generated by NPB. One of the ways we’ve connected with marginalized growers over the years is through a partnership with the National Black Growers Council, a non-profit organization with the mission of improving the efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of black row-crop growers.

NPB Offers Tuition Grant for Peanut Farmers to Attend Farm Management Program

Times are challenging on the farm these days. Farmers run and finance large and diverse businesses, manage capital, handle labor issues and navigate regulations. An operator is constantly busy working in their business. The Executive Farm Management Program (EFMP) is designed to help farmers work on their business. This year the National Peanut Board is proud to partner on the EFMP to support peanut farmers’ participation in this educational activity.

National Peanut Board's December Board Meeting Planned

USDA will swear in 13 farmer-leaders at the National Peanut Board’s quarterly board meeting Dec. 1 -3, 2020. Members and alternates were appointed to the National Peanut Board earlier this year by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

Here’s Why This Young Peanut Farmer is Continuing the Family Legacy

Douglas Harrell is the son of former National Peanut Board Chairman John Harrell and his wife Deena. Douglas grew up on the farm north of Whigham, Georgia. As kids, he and his cousin Lafe were given lots of manual labor on the farm and they both couldn’t wait to get off the farm. “We both went to the University of Georgia and we’re both full-time farmers now,” Douglas said. “I hate to say farming is just in your blood, but there’s something about it that brings you back.”

Meet the Newly Appointed Members and Alternates of NPB

As announced earlier this month, six members and seven alternates have been appointed to serve on the National Peanut Board. Here’s a little more about these farmers who are volunteering their service for the industry.

USDA Names Six Members and Seven Alternates to the National Peanut Board

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently appointed six members and seven alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms, from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2023, with the exceptions of the Missouri appointees and At-Large alternate appointee whose terms will begin immediately and will end Dec. 31, 2022. The members and alternates will be sworn in by USDA at the quarterly National Peanut Board meeting Dec. 2, 2020.

What Gives Millennial Peanut Farmers Hope for the Future?

Farming is an enterprise based on all kinds of variables, requiring tenacity and resilience. Some years are more difficult than others due to weather, volatile markets, and external forces peanut producers are unable to control. Still, these stewards of the land continue to plant, cultivate, and harvest their crops day after day and year after year. Why? Because farmers are in the business of hope.

Peanut Per Capita Consumption Breaks New Record

Founded in the year 2000, the check off for America’s peanut farmers and their families celebrates 20 years of growth with an unprecedented level of per capita peanut consumption. Calculated based on USDA and U.S. Census data, per capita peanut consumption has risen to an all-time high of 7.6 pounds in 2020.

         

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