DECEMBER 29, 2014--ATLANTA – The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation seeks eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation will hold a nominations election to select two nominees for member and two nominees for the alternate member to be submitted to the National Peanut Board.
The Louisiana Peanut Producer Caucus will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. at LSU Ag Center Morehouse Parish County Agents Office, 9609 Marlatt Street, Bastrop, La., (318-281-5741).
Francis Victor Jordan III from Rayville, LA is the current At-Large member who serves on the National Peanut Board and the alternate At-Large member position is vacant. The term for the current At-Large board member and alternate expires Dec. 31, 2015.
All eligible peanut producers are encouraged to participate. Eligible peanut producers are those who are engaged in the actual production and sale of peanuts. To be eligible to be nominated, a peanut producer must own or share in the ownership of the peanut crop and have a risk of loss in the crop. Producers must have produced and sold peanuts in the last 2 years and must be able to provide records of production and sales of peanuts to validate their status as an eligible peanut producer. The National Peanut Board collects checkoff contributions from commercial U.S. peanut producers at the first point of sale and uses growers’ checkoff contributions to fund peanut research and promotion.
USDA seeks two nominees from each state for each position of member and alternate. The National Peanut Board will submit Louisiana’s slate of nominees to the U.S. 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. It is USDA’s policy that membership on industry-government boards and committees accurately reflect the diversity of individuals served by the programs.
About the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation
The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Inc. is the largest agricultural organization in Louisiana with over 140,000 members and serves as the representative organization for peanut producers in Louisiana.