USDA Announces Voting Period for Continuance Referendum for National Peanut Research and Promotion Program

USDA Announces Voting Period for Continuance Referendum for  National Peanut Research and Promotion ProgramFeb 27, 2024

FEB 16, 2024 – ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a referendum among eligible producers of peanuts to determine whether they favor continuance of the Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order), which authorizes the National Peanut Board.

The referendum will be conducted from April 8 through April 19, 2024. USDA will provide the option for electronic balloting. Further details will be stated in the official ballot instructions, which will be sent by regular U. S. mail to all eligible peanut producers. Voters must return ballots postmarked by April 19, 2024. Ballots returned via express mail or electronic means must show proof of delivery by no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on April 19, 2024.

To be eligible to vote in this continuance referendum, persons must have produced peanuts and been subject to assessments during the representative period from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022.

Under the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 (Act), the U.S. Department of Agriculture must conduct a referendum every five years or when 10% or more of the eligible peanut producers petition the Secretary of Agriculture to hold a referendum to determine if persons subject to assessment favor continuance of the Order. The Department of Agriculture would continue the Order if continuance is approved by a simple majority of the producers voting in the referendum.

Vickie Carpenter and Deanna Bakken, MDD, SCP, AMS, USDA, Stop 0244, Room 1406-S, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-0244, are designated as the referendum agents to conduct this referendum. The referendum agents will distribute the ballots and voting instructions by U. S. mail or through electronic means to all known producers prior to the first day of the voting period. Persons who produced peanuts and were subject to assessments during the representative period are eligible to vote.

Any eligible producer who does not receive a ballot should contact the referendum agent as soon as possible.


The National Peanut Board’s mission is to improve the economic conditions for all USA peanut farmers and their families. Through compelling promotions and groundbreaking research, the Board is finding new ways to enhance production and increase consumer demand by promoting the great taste, nutrition and culinary versatility of USA-grown peanuts.

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