This bill — known as the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017 — would add South Carolina to the Virginia / Carolina peanut producing region for the purpose of appointing members of the Peanut Standards Board. Under current law South Carolina isn’t represented on the board, as the region includes Virginia and North Carolina. The Peanut Standards Board advises the Dept. of Agriculture on quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported peanuts, and is divided into three regions: southwest (Texas, Oklahoma & New Mexico), southeast (Alabama, Florida & Georgia), and Virginia / North Carolina.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- senate Committees
- The house Passed October 31st, 2017Roll Call Vote 394 Yea / 1 Nay
Committee on AgricultureIntroducedMay 18th, 2017
- house Committees
What is House Bill H.R. 2521?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2521
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Joe WIlson (R-SC) introduced this bill to give South Carolina representation on the Dept. of Agriculture’s Peanut Standards Board:
“Since the Peanut Standards Board was created in 2002, South Carolina’s peanut farmers have been without a voice in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, despite being the nation’s fourth largest peanut-producing state. This legislation would rectify an imbalance on the Peanut Standards Board and support South Carolina peanut farmers. Peanuts are so appreciated in South Carolina that the state legislature designated the boiled peanut as the state’s official snack.”
According to the National Peanut Board, South Carolina is the fifth largest peanut producer in the country, responsible for about eight percent of the national crop. That places it behind Georgia (over 46%), Florida (nearly 13%), Alabama (nearly 11%), and Texas (nearly 9%) and ahead of North Carolina (about 7%).
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