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

The Virginia Peanut Growers Association will hold a nominations election to select a member and alternate to the National Peanut Board during its annual meeting on Feb. 14, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center in Wakefield.

All eligible 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.  Jeffrey Pope of Drewryville is the current Virginia National Peanut Board member and Clarke Fox of Capron serves as the alternate. The term for the current Virginia 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 Virginia’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 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