JEFFCOAT TO CHAIR NATIONAL PEANUT BOARD
DOTHAN, Ala. -- George Jeffcoat, president of the Houston County Farmers Federation and a former state board member of the Alabama Farmers Federation, has been elected chairman of the National Peanut Board, effective Jan. 1.
Jeffcoat, who completes his term as vice chairman of the NPB on Dec. 31, succeeds Jeffery Pope of Virginia as chairman.
A lifelong farmer, Jeffcoat has farmed his own land for nearly 40 years and grows about 1,100 acres of peanuts and cotton in Gordan, Ala., where he lives with his wife Gloria, immediate past chairman of the state Federation's Women's Leadership Committee.
In addition to farming, he is also actively involved in the industry, serving in high level positions for multiple groups. He serves on the board of directors of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association and the Farmers Co-op of Ashford. He is also the president of the National Peanut Festival.
Other officers announced by the board are: Vice-Chairwoman Cindy Belch, North Carolina; Secretary John Harrell, Georgia; and Treasurer Vic Jordan, Louisiana.
New board members also were sworn in by USDA-AMS Marketing Specialist Kimberly Coy. For New Mexico, Laura Robbins of Portales will serve as board member. Wayne Baker of Portales will serve as alternate board member. For Oklahoma, Gayle White of Frederick will serve as board member. Les Crall of Weatherford will serve as alternate board member.
The new officers, board members and alternates take office Jan. 1. The officers serve for the calendar year. Board members and alternates serve three-year terms.