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For Immediate Release: 
Feb. 15, 2021                                                                                                                         
Joy Crosby
(229) 386-3690
Georgia Peanut Commission seeks National Peanut Board nominees
TIFTON, Ga. — The Georgia Peanut Commission seeks eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. GPC will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board during a meeting on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. EST at the commission headquarters in Tifton, Georgia. All eligible peanut producers are encouraged to participate. Eligible producers are those who are engaged in the production and sale of peanuts and who own or share the ownership and risk of loss of the crop.
Andy Bell of Climax is the current Georgia National Peanut Board member and Casey Cox of Camilla serves as the alternate. The terms for the current Georgia board member and alternate expire Dec. 31, 2021.
The United States Department of Agriculture requires two nominees from each state for each position of member and alternate. The National Peanut Board will submit Georgia’s slate of nominees to the United States Secretary of Agriculture, who makes the appointments.
The National Peanut Board encourages inclusion of persons of any race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family status. NPB encourages all persons who qualify as peanut producers to attend the meeting and run for nomination.
It is USDA’s policy that membership on industry-government boards and committees accurately reflect the diversity of individuals served by the programs.
About the Georgia Peanut Commission
The Georgia Peanut Commission has been working on the behalf of Georgia’s peanut farmers since 1961 in the areas of promotion, research and education. 
About the National Peanut Board
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.
January 13, 2021                                     
Contact: Cindy Morley, Communication Director 
                   | 770.365.2103 
Home Builders Association of Georgia names new Executive Vice President
ATLANTA, Georgia – Jim Chapman, President of The Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG) announced today that HBAG Government Affairs Director Austin Hackney has been named Executive Vice President of the state association. Hackney has been with the association since 2013.
“Austin brings his knowledge and familiarity with HBAG and our members to his new leadership role. He also brings an enthusiasm for improvements and a bold plan of action that will provide a strong foundation for the future of HBAG,” said Chapman of Jim Chapman Communities. “We are excited about what the future holds with Austin at the helm.”
Hackney recently finished a two-year term as Chairman of the Georgia Capitol Real Estate Trade Group. He also represents HBAG within the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, the Georgia Professional Lobbyists Association and the Georgia Society of Association Executives.
HBAG is the trade association representing more than 3,400 builder and associate member across the state. The association is dedicated to creating, promoting, and protecting an ongoing successful environment for affordable housing for the benefit of its members and the citizens of Georgia.


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