The Florida Peanut Producers Association is seeking eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board.

The Florida Peanut Producers Association will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board during a meeting on Feb. 24, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Agricultural Complex and Conference Center in Marianna.

All eligible peanut producers are encouraged to participate. Eligible producers are those who are engaged in the production and sale of peanuts and who own, or share the ownership and risk of loss of the crop. 

Michael Davis of Graceville is the current Florida National Peanut Board member and Jeffery Pittman of Bascom serves as the alternate. The term for the current Florida board member and alternate expires Dec. 31, 2011.

USDA requires two nominees from each state for each position of member and alternate. The National Peanut Board will submit Florida’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.

The Peanut Marketing Order for the Florida Peanut Producers Association was established in 1975 for the purpose of promotion, education and research in order to enhance the peanut farmers in Florida in their endeavors to make a profit in peanut farming.

NOTE: The National Peanut Board represents all USA peanut farmers and their families. Through research and marketing initiatives, the Board is finding new ways to enhance production and increase consumer demand by promoting the great taste, nutrition and culinary versatility of USA-grown peanuts