(NPB) — Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently appointed six members and seven alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms, from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2023, with the exceptions of the Missouri appointees and At-Large alternate appointee whose terms will begin immediately and will end Dec. 31, 2022. The members and alternates will be sworn in by USDA at the quarterly National Peanut Board meeting Dec. 02, 2020.
- Tom Corcoran of Eufala is the reappointed member from Alabama. Thomas Adams of Newville is the reappointed alternate.
- William Carte of Live Oak is the reappointed member from Florida. Nick Marshall of Baker is the new alternate.
- Lonnie Fortner of Port Gibson is the new member from Mississippi and previously served as alternate. Alan Atkins of Hamilton is the new alternate.
- Clay Deane of Sikeston is the inaugural member from Missouri. Russ Hoggard of Portageville is the inaugural alternate.
- Ray Garner, Jr. of Roanoke Rapids is the new member from North Carolina and previously served as alternate. Julie M. Ward of Clarkton is the new alternate.
- Paul Rogers, III of Wakefield is the reappointed member from Virginia. Westley Drake of Newsoms is the reappointed alternate.
- Lucy Lacey Shackelford of Bonita is the new alternate for At-Large.
The Board is comprised of 13 producer members and their alternates. Twelve members and alternates are from the primary peanut producing states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. An at-large member and alternate represent the minor peanut producing states.