June 17, 2014
Peanut farmers in Alabama today unanimously approved the continuation of a statewide peanut checkoff program. Money is collected for the checkoff fund when farmers sell their peanuts at harvesttime. Those funds are used for education, promotion and research.
Alabama is the second-largest producer of peanuts in the United States. Georgia ranks as the top peanut growing state. APPA President, Carl Sanders, said the board appreciates the strong showing of support.
“I know the board of directors shares my appreciation,” Sanders said. “The checkoff program funds many research and educational activities that would not exist if not for the program. These programs directly impact our industry on an annual basis.”
Under state law, the checkoff program must be voted on every three years.
Twenty-five polling sites were located in 21 counties where peanuts are produced. The Alabama Peanut Producers Association administers the checkoff program.
For more information about Alabama peanuts, visit ALPeanut.com