What is the National Peanut Board?
The National Peanut Board (NPB) is your farmer-funded national research, promotion and education check-off program. Each of the 10 major peanut-producing states has a grower Board member and an alternate representative. These states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. One at-large Board member and alternate also represent all minor peanut-producing states. All Board members and alternates are peanut farmers who are nominated by their state producer organization and appointed by the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for three-year terms.
Through the National Peanut Board, growers from across the United States come together to contribute to the research and to promote USA-grown peanuts. There is strength in unity, and your National Peanut Board works together for the benefit of all peanut farmers.
What does the National Peanut Board do for growers?
Through a mandatory assessment levied at a rate of one percent (1%) of the price paid for all farmer stock peanuts sold, your Board builds consumer demand and consumption for USA-grown peanuts domestically and internationally. Your Board promotes the great taste, nutritional benefits and culinary versatility of peanuts through a focus on business building and a comprehensive program of marketing, advertising promotion and new product development. We also focus on production research to help advance the production of your crop.
Can the National Peanut Board help me with farm policy?
No. Under strict oversight by USDA, NPB, along with other similar commodity research and program boards, is prohibited from lobbying and influencing regulation or legislation of any kind, as stipulated in the Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order.
How does the National Peanut Board work to lower production costs?
As farmers themselves, your Board members know that production research is critical for healthy and productive fields, reducing input and operating costs, tackling disease and pest issues, and developing new varieties. To date, through the Board, you have invested almost $19 million in more than 800 research projects designed to help achieve improved efficiencies and lower costs.
How does the National Peanut Board promote USA-grown peanuts domestically?
NPB’s business building efforts are strategically focused through partnerships to add new sales and retail channels and to increase peanut product offerings. This is accomplished with layered, innovative marketing, advertising, public relations and promotional efforts.
NPB works to stimulate new peanut product development by working directly with culinary, food service and retail professionals. As a result, new concepts for peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil and peanut flour are continually appearing on menus and retail shelves across the country. According to restaurant industry data, peanut listings on menus increased more than 107 percent from January 2006 to June 2012.
We also build relationships with university and college food service directors and departments across the nation, to reach more than three million new consumers each year, at locations where tens of thousands of meals are served daily.
NPB reaches consumers where they live, work and play, spreading the word by creating more than 800 million consumer impressions annually through extensive paid advertising, including subway advertising in major cities, print ads featured in top consumer magazines, and TV and radio commercials.
Through aggressive media relations efforts, the Board generates hundreds of millions of additional consumer impressions of peanuts and peanut products in print, TV, radio and online with “earned media.” We focus on putting credible spokespeople in front of consumers and food influencers to talk about the nutritional benefits, culinary versatility and value of USA-grown peanuts.
To extend the national promotion and advertising campaign to local communities, NPB works with each state grower association on an annual co-promotion project, increasing awareness of new peanut production research and showcasing innovative peanut products.
How does the Board leverage grower promotional dollars?
By partnering with other organizations and commodity boards, NPB helps extend the reach of grower dollars. Working with other commodity boards and organizations, NPB develops and executes events and initiatives that are more relevant to consumers and media outlets across the nation.
In addition, NPB partners with national corporations and entertainment groups to showcase USA-grown peanuts during special programs and events, reaching millions of visitors annually.
Working with each state grower association, the Board extends the national promotion and advertising campaign to local communities to increase awareness of new peanut production research and to showcase innovative peanut products.
How does the National Peanut Board address food allergy concerns?
The Board has a proactive program in place that allows NPB staff to quickly respond to school bans, media inaccuracies and food allergy questions. Effective food allergy management programs and trainings are essential to protect those who are food allergic while allowing the majority who are not allergic to enjoy the nutritious benefits of peanuts.
NPB works with a Scientific Advisory Council comprised of world-renowned food allergy experts and researchers who provide ongoing guidance to NPB on all food allergy issues. These academic and medical experts are dedicated to furthering research and education on food and peanut allergy to identify causes and to seek solutions for sufferers. Since its inception in 2000, the Board has allocated more than $9 million in food allergy research, outreach and education, with promising solutions on the horizon for several research programs.
For K-12 food service directors, decision makers and staff, NPB experts and consultants regularly provide credible resources to decision makers in schools to help educate them about responsible food allergy management. In recent years, NPB has delivered dozens of presentations directly to school districts on the local and national levels.
Because dining out is one of the vulnerable areas of exposure for the food allergic, NPB partnered with The Culinary Institute of America to develop an online food allergy education program specifically designed for the food service industry, which has received praise from food allergy organizations and experts. This free resource and others are essential tools in NPB’s presentations and trainings for large food service operators, manufacturers and others to help educate them about strategies for meeting customers’ needs without unnecessarily eliminating foods from their menus.
How does the National Peanut Board promote the nutritional benefits of peanuts?
Through alliances with The Culinary Institute of America, the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and other institutions, your Board works to bring information to physicians, dietitians, leading chefs and menu developers about the nutritional benefits of peanuts. Additionally, NPB supports nutrition research and works directly with national media sources and third-party experts to drive awareness of the healthful benefits of peanuts, peanut butter and peanut products to consumers.
How does the Board help increase exports of USA-grown peanuts?
We work collaboratively with the American Peanut Council to help create strategic goals and implement export initiatives and programs through the United Export Strategy (UES). The export program helps meet the growing demand for high-quality USA-grown peanuts and peanut products in top export markets. In addition, through the National Peanut Board’s Export Small Business Initiative, the Board seeks to bring more value-added, specialty products made with USA-grown peanuts to more affluent and growing markets across the world. These products help increase the perceived value of peanuts and help farmer-owned and small peanut and peanut product companies build their export business.
I grow organic peanuts. How can I request an assessment exemption?
According to USDA, a peanut producer who operates under an approved National Organic Program system plan, produces only products that are eligible to be labeled as 100 percent organic under the NOP and is not a split operation shall be exempt from the payment of assessments. See Sec. 1216.56 of the Code of Federal Regulations for more information.