SANDERS NAMED TO PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Carl Sanders of Brundidge, president of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, has been appointed to the national Peanut Standards Board by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.
Sanders, a peanut grower and member of the Coffee County Farmers Federation, was appointed today to represent the Southeast Region, along with Charles Ivy, an industry representative from Albany, Ga.
Other new appointees are: Southwest Region -- John Clay, producer, Carnegie, Okla., and Jimmie Shearer, industry representative, Portales, N.M.; and Virginia/Carolina Region -- George H. McGee, producer, Severn, N.C.
Section 1308 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 provided for the establishment of the Peanut Standards Board and requires USDA to consult with the board in advance before establishing or changing quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported peanuts.
The board consists of 18 members with representation equally divided between peanut producers and peanut industry representatives. There are three producers from each peanut-producing region: Southeast (Alabama, Georgia and Florida), Southwest (Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico), and Virginia and North Carolina. The board also includes three peanut industry representatives from each region.
Appointments to the board are for three-year terms of office. Current nominees would replace one producer and one industry representative from each peanut-producing region whose terms expired on June 30, 2006. The industry representative slot for the Virginia/Carolina region is vacant.