USDA Names Four Members and Four Alternates to the National Peanut Board

A green field with rows of peanut crops.Sep 1, 2023

JANUARY 19, 2023 – ATLANTA – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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, 2023, Dec. 31, 2025, with the exceptions of the At-Large appointees whose terms will begin immediately and end Dec. 31, 2024. The date the members and alternates will be sworn in by the USDA is to be determined.

Greg Baltz of Pocahontas is the reappointed member from Arkansas. Allen Donner of Manila is the reappointed alternate from Arkansas.

Clay Deane of Sikeston is the reappointed member from Missouri. Russ Hoggard of Portageville is the reappointed alternate from Missouri.

Mark DeLeon of Erick is the new member from Oklahoma. Les Crall of Weatherford is the new alternate from Oklahoma. Crall previously served as member and was NPB’s 2022 chairman.

Lucy Shackelford of Bonita, Louisiana is the newly appointed at-large member. Shackelford previously served as at-large alternate. Clifford Neece of Portales, New Mexico is the new at-large alternate.

The Board is comprised of 12 producer members and their alternates. Eleven members and alternates are from the primary peanut producing states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. An at-large member and alternate represent the minor peanut producing states.


The National Peanut Board represents all USA peanut farmers and their families. As farmers and stewards of the land, our mission is to improve the economic condition of USA peanut farmers and their families through compelling promotion and groundbreaking research.

NPB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, parental status, and marital or family status. The NPB agrees that it will fully comply with any and all applicable Federal, State, and local equal employment opportunity statutes, ordinances, and regulations, including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Genetic Information Act of 2008. Persons requiring alternative means of program communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) or mobility assistance should contact NPB at 678-424-5750 prior to attending the NPB event in question.

The National Peanut Board’s Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order can be accessed on the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services website, or can be downloaded by clicking here.

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