FEDERATION LEADERS NAMED TO NATIONAL PEANUT BOARD
Two leaders in the Alabama Farmers Federation have been appointed to the National Peanut Board
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today reappointed one member, and appointed three new members and four alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board. The appointments include two leaders in the Alabama Farmers Federation.
Federation District Director George Jeffcoat of Gordon, who also serves as president of the Houston County Farmers Federation, was appointed to the board, and Henry County Farmers Federation Board Member Edward E. White of Newville was appointed as an alternate.
"I am pleased that these individuals have agreed to serve on the National Peanut Board," said Johanns. "Their knowledge and experience will greatly assist our administration of these programs."
Larry Ford of Greenwood, Fla., was reappointed to serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2006, and ending on Dec. 31, 2008.
The newly appointed members and alternate members will also serve three-year terms. Other members appointed are: L. M. (Jack) Brinkley Jr. of Aulander, N.C.; and Jeffrey W. Pope of Drewryville, Va. Alternates appointed are: Joe Tillmon of Altha, Fla.; Cindy D. Belch of Conway, N.C.; and Clarke E. Fox of Capron, Va.
The 10-member board is composed of eligible peanut producers. The nominees were appointed from nominations submitted by certified peanut producer organizations.
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight of the National Peanut Board in accordance with the act and order. Under the order, domestic producers pay an assessment at the rate of 1 percent of the total value of all farmers' stock peanuts sold. More information is at http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/rppeanut.html.