Two Alabama farmers have recently been appointed to serve on the National Peanut Board by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Tom Corcoran, Barbour County farmer, is a newly appointed board member to the National Peanut Board, and Thomas Adams, Henry County farmer, is a newly appointed alternate to the board. The appointees will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending Dec. 21, 2020.
“Research and consumer education are keys to growing the $1 billion peanut industry in America,” said Perdue. “Both the new and continuing members of the board bring great insight to this work from their many years of experience helping America’s 7,000 peanut-farming families improve production practices and continue to produce the world’s highest-quality peanut product for people around the globe.”
Corcoran grows peanuts, along with cotton and corn. Adams grows peanuts as well as cotton. Both farmers also serve on the Alabama Peanut Producers Association board of directors and are graduates of the Peanut Leadership Academy.
The National Peanut Board is a research and promotion program that is industry-funded and authorized by Congress. The board is composed of 12 producer members and their alternates. Eleven members and alternates are from the primary peanut producing states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. An at-large member and alternate represent the minor peanut producing states.
More information about the National Peanut Board, visit https://www.ams.usda.gov/