WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02), member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies as well as Chair of the Congressional Peanut Caucus welcomed the seven new members of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) appointed Peanut Standards Board. The seven representatives, appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, will join the board comprised of 18 members representing the Southeast, Southwest, and Virginia-North Carolina regions of the U.S.
“I am thrilled about the addition of these representatives to the Peanut Standards Board. It is important that we have the most knowledgeable and invested individuals advocating for the peanut industry,” said Congressman Bishop. “The board has been a valuable asset to USDA and peanut farmers, and I trust that these leaders, in conjunction with Secretary Vilsack and the USDA, will continue to do their best to ensure the quality of U.S. peanut production across America.”
The Peanut Standards Board was authorized under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. It consults with the USDA about quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported peanuts. One third of the board is appointed each year. For more information, please click here.