House Passes SC Peanut Parity Act
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2521, the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017. The South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation (SCFB) thanks the House for their bipartisan efforts in passing this piece of legislation critical to SC peanut farmers.
SCFB Peanut Advisory Committee Chairman Richard Rentz commended the committee’s efforts: “I am proud to see this change that allows South Carolina to have a representative on the National Peanut Standards Board. As our peanut acreage has grown rapidly here, so has our influence in the peanut industry. I am equally gratified that this change started in our SCFB peanut advisory committee. My thanks to our Farm Bureau for their work with our congressmen to make this possible.”
H.R. 2521, the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017, adds South Carolina to the Virginia/Carolina peanut producing region for the purposes of appointments to the Peanut Standards Board. At the time of the establishment of the Peanut Standards Board, South Carolina was not a major peanut producing state, however, SC is now the fourth largest peanut-producing state. In 2016, SC farmers grew more than 106,000 acres of peanuts, which is over 8 percent of all peanuts grown in the U.S.
“I am grateful for House passage of the Peanut Parity Act,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02). “South Carolina is the fourth largest peanut producing state, and our farmers deserve a voice on the Peanut Standards Board. This bill will finally give them that voice.”
“South Carolina has experienced explosive growth in peanut farming in recent years, going from producing very few peanuts in the early 2000's to becoming the fourth largest peanut producing state today. The South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017 finally gives South Carolina peanut farmers the much-deserved representation on the Peanuts Standard Board,” said U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman’s (SC-05).
SCFB President Harry Ott said the organization wholeheartedly thanks the entire House for their efforts on this bill to endure equal representation for South Carolina peanut producers.