Peanut industry groups expressed appreciation for Members of Congress taking an active role in representing peanut interests.

Randy Griggs, executive director of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association said, "As the number of lawmakers who represent rural areas declines, it is more important than ever that those with like interest remain united. This and the budget challenges our country faces make the voice of the peanut caucus that much more important.

“Reps. Roby and Bishop are to be commended for organizing and promoting this group as a way to make sure that the voices of peanut producers are heard. It is an effective means of representing the nation's growers."

Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission said, "The Congressional Peanut Caucus provides a forum for the peanut industry to communicate directly with peanut state lawmakers about important consumer and industry issues. We are so grateful for Reps. Roby and Bishop taking the lead with re-establishing the Caucus.

“The Caucus plays an important role in educating members of Congress, who do not represent peanut states, about the economic and health impacts of peanuts. Peanut producers in the Southeast look forward to working with the Caucus in the 113th Congress."

The industry plays a vital role in the U.S. economy, as peanuts are the 12th most valuable cash crop grown in the U.S. with a farm value of more than $1 billion annually.

American peanut farmers produce around 1.9 million tons of peanuts annually on approximately 1.44 million acres. Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi grow the majority of all American peanuts, followed by Texas, North Carolina, Virginia and Oklahoma.

Peanuts are an important nutritional resource with seven grams of protein per serving, more than any other nut.

Peanuts are continuing their legacy as an invaluable research commodity, most recently in the field of health and medicine. The application of peanut research to yield a better understanding of disease risk reduction, practical dietary interventions associated with Type 2 Diabetes, and some cancers could be the next big peanut breakthrough.

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