SC Farm Bureau Applauds Bipartisan Efforts on SC Peanut Parity Act
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2521, the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017, for advancement. The South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation (SCFB) thanks the SC delegation for their bipartisan efforts in moving this commonsense bill forward.
SCFB Peanut Advisory Committee Chairman Richard Rentz commended the committee’s efforts: “I am proud to see this change that will allow 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’m grateful that the House Committee on Agriculture took an important step by supporting the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017 — a bill that would give South Carolina Peanut farmers a voice on the Peanut Standards Board,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02). “This bipartisan bill is cosponsored by every member of the South Carolina delegation and I look forward to its consideration by the full house.”
“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 will finally give South Carolina peanut farmers the much-deserved representation on the Peanuts Standard Board. I am happy to join Rep. Joe Wilson, as well as the entire South Carolina delegation, as a co-sponsor of this legislation,” said U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman’s (SC-05).
SCFB President Harry Ott said the organization wholeheartedly supports the efforts of this bill to endure equal representation for South Carolina peanut producers.