The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations of individuals to serve on the Peanut Standards Board for the remainder of a term of office ending June 30, 2009.

The selected nominee sought by this action would fill a vacant industry representative position from the Virginia-Carolina peanut producing region.

The 18-member board consists of three producers and three industry representatives from each of the three producing regions: Southeast (Alabama, Georgia, and Florida); Southwest (Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico); and Virginia and North Carolina.

Eligible individuals, organizations and groups are invited to submit their nominations. Nominations should be accompanied by a Peanut Standards Board Background Information form completed by the nominee. The form is available at: www.ams.usda.gov/fv/peanut-farmbill.htm or from: Dawana J. Clark, DC Marketing Field Office, Mail Unit 155, 4700 River Road, Riverdale Md., 20737; phone: (301) 734-5243; fax: (301) 734-5275; or e-mail dawana.clark@usda.gov.

Written nominations and accompanying Peanut Standards Board Background Information forms should be sent to the DC Marketing Field Office.

Nominations must be received on or before Dec. 1, 2006. Notice of the request for nominations was published in the Oct. 27 Federal Register.

USDA welcomes membership on industry boards that reflects the diversity of the individuals served by the programs. USDA encourages all eligible women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to seek nomination for a seat on the Peanut Standards Board.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service administers the regulations for peanut quality standards for domestic and imported peanuts.

The Peanut Standards Board advises AMS on peanut quality issues.