WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has appointed of five individuals to serve on the Peanut Standards Board.

The newly appointed producer members and industry representatives -- whose terms of office end on June 30, 2009 -- are: Southeast Region - Carl Sanders, producer, Brundidge, Ala., and Charles Ivy, industry representative, Albany, Ga.; 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.

SOURCE: USDA news release.