The Texas Peanut Producers Board is seeking eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. TPPB will hold a nominations election to select a member and alternate to the National Peanut Board during a meeting on March 3 at the Embassy Suites in Lubbock. All eligible producers are encouraged to participate.

Roger Neitsch of Seminole is the current Texas National Peanut Board member and Tracy Welch of Plains serves as the alternate. The term for the current Texas board member and alternate expires Dec. 31, 2009.

USDA requires two nominees from each state for each position of member and alternate. The National Peanut Board will submit Texas’s slate of nominees to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, who makes the appointments.

The National Peanut Board encourages inclusion of persons of any race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. NPB encourages all persons who qualify as peanut producers to attend the meeting and run for nomination.

It is USDA’s policy that membership on industry-government boards and committees accurately reflect the diversity of individuals served by the programs.