Cox among USDA appointees to National Peanut Board
The United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently appointed four members and four alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board (NPB). The appointees will serve three-year terms, from Jan. 1, 2022, to Dec. 31, 2024. The date the members and alternates will be sworn in by the USDA is to be determined.
Casey Cox of Camilla is the new member from Georgia. Cox previously served as alternate member. Wesley Webb of Leary is the new alternate from Georgia.
Neal Baxley Jr. of Mullins is the new member from South Carolina. Baxley previously served as alternate member. Doug Jarrell of Estill is the new alternate from South Carolina.
Jeff Roper of Lubbock is the new member from Texas. Roper previously served as alternate member. Mason Becker of Brownfield is the new alternate from Texas.
Micah Barham of Oak Ridge, Louisiana is the reappointed at-large member. Lucy Shackelford of Bonita, Louisiana is the reappointed at-large alternate.
On Dec. 21, the NPB announced its slate of officers. Cox will serve as secretary, while Les Crall of Oklahoma is chairman, Paul Rogers of Virginia is vice chairman and Greg Baltz of Arkansas is treasurer.
The NPB 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.