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The National Peanut Board is a farmer-funded national research, promotion and education group in support of all things peanuts. Each of the 11 major peanut-producing American states is represented by a board member and an alternate. One at-large board member and alternate represent all minor peanut-producing states. Click on any of the faces below to meet the U.S. peanut farmers who currently volunteer to serve on the National Peanut Board.

12 profiles

Casey Cox Kerr
ProfileCasey Cox Kerr, GeorgiaCasey Cox Kerr is the 2024 vice chairman of the board, and president and CEO of Longleaf Ridge Farms.
Clay Deane
ProfileClay Deane, MissouriDeane operates Triple D Farms in partnership with his cousins. In addition to peanuts, he grows corn, soybeans and cotton.
Greg Baltz
ProfileGregory Baltz, ArkansasGreg Baltz is the 2024 chairman of the National Peanut Board. Baltz operates Running Lake Farms and has been growing peanuts for 10 years.
ProfileJeff Roper, TexasJeff Roper is the 2024 secretary of the board. Roper owns and operates Jeffery Roper Farms.
Lonnie Fortner
ProfileLonnie Fortner, MississippiFortner has been a farmer for 24 years and is the managing partner for Bayou Pierre Farms where he grows peanuts, cotton, soybeans and corn.
ProfileLucy Shackelford, At-LargeShackelford and her husband are the owners of Shackelford Farms, which produces runner peanuts, cotton, soybeans and occasionally rice.
Mark DeLeon
ProfileMark DeLeon, OklahomaMark DeLeon has been growing peanuts since 2002. With the help of his son, he also grows cotton and runs a cow-calf operation.
Neal Baxley
ProfileNeal Baxley, South CarolinaNeal Baxley is the 2024 treasurer of the board. He owns and operates Baxley Farms, LLC, along with his father and brother.
Paul Rogers
ProfilePaul Rogers, VirginiaRogers was the 2023 chairman of the Board and representative from Virginia.
Raymond Garner Jr.
ProfileRaymond Garner Jr., North CarolinaGarner is a fifth-generation farmer in Halifax County and has been farming since 1992 and has experience growing peanuts, cotton, soybeans a...
Tom Corcoran
ProfileTom Corcoran, AlabamaBefore becoming board member, Corcoran served as the alternate board member for Alabama on the National Peanut Board for six years.
William Carte
ProfileWilliam Carte, FloridaBefore becoming Florida's member on the National Peanut Board, Carte was alternate for two years. Today he grows peanuts and has a cattle op...