The North Carolina Peanut Growers Association (NCPGA) is seeking eligible peanut producers to come forward who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board.

NCPGA will hold a nominations election to select a member and alternate to the National Peanut Board (NPB) during a meeting on March 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Williamston, N.C.

Jack Brinkley of Aulander is the current North Carolina NPB member and Cindy Belch of Conway serves as the alternate. The term for the current North Carolina board member and alternate expires Dec. 31, 2008.

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