Agriculture Marketing Service seeking diversity on Peanut Standards Board

The Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking diversity on the Peanut Standards Board

 

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 requires the AMS to establish and maintain a Board for the purpose of advising the Secretary on quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported peanuts.  AMS will be publishing a notice in the Federal Register and disseminating a press release, both  announcing the intent to fill Board vacancies.  The AMS request for nominations to be considered for appointment to the Peanut Standards Board (Board) will be publishing soon.  Nominees sought by this action will fill two positions in each region for a total of 6 positions on the Board.  Appointees would replace three producer and three industry representatives who currently serve on the Board and have terms of office ending on June 30, 2016.  Written nomination must be received on or before 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.

In an effort to diversify the Board, we are actively trying to identify women, minorities, persons with a disability, small business owners, and any other underrepresented persons in the peanut industry who are willing to be considered for selection as members to the Board.  Please feel free to forward or distribute this information alert to anyone involved in the peanut industry that may be interested in serving on the Board.  The widest dissemination of this information will allow for a greater pool of applicants.  The nomination form and current membership list are available at https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/peanut-standards-board.