"We are pleased that these individuals have agreed to serve on the Peanut Standards Board," said Veneman.

Newly appointed to serve 3 year terms of office ending June 30, 2006 are:

-- Southeast Region (Alabama, Georgia and Florida) producer: Walter L. Corcoran of Eufaula, Ala.; industry representative: Charles Ivy of Albany, Ga.

-- Southwest Region (Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico) producer: John Clay of Carnegie, Okla.; industry representative: Jimmie Shearer of Portales, N.M.

-- Virginia Carolina Region (North Carolina and Virginia) producer: George McGee of Severn, N.C.; industry representative: Daniel J. Boone of Chesapeake, Va.

The 2002 farm bill established the board to provide consultation to USDA on quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported peanuts. The Secretary annually appoints a producer and an industry representative from each of the three peanut producing regions. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service administers the program and issues quality and handling standards for all peanuts marketed in the United States.

More information is at http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/peanut-farmbill.htm

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