Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak appointed Kyle Baltz of Pocahontas, Arkansas as an alternate to the National Peanut Board. He was nominated for the position by Arkansas peanut producers at an election held by the Arkansas Agriculture Department in April, 2012.
“I’m pleased Secretary Vilsak appointed Kyle Baltz to the National Peanut Board. Mr. Baltz is familiar with all aspects of the industry and will serve peanut producers well on this important board. The peanut industry is important to Arkansas agriculture, and it’s an honor to have an Arkansan on the board,” said Butch Calhoun, Arkansas’ Secretary of Agriculture.
Members and alternates will serve three-year terms of office beginning January 1, 2013, with the exception of a Florida alternate who will serve for two years.
Reappointed members are: John C. Harrell, Whigham, Ga.; Bob White, Clarendon, Texas; and Francis “Vic”_ Jordan, III, Rayville, La. In addition to Mr. Baltz, alternate members are Jeffrey Pitman, Bascom, Fla.; Andy Bell, Climax, Ga.; and Peter Froese, Jr, Seminole, Texas.
Baltz has farmed since 2001. In 2003, he and his brother, Jeremy, partnered in their farming operation. The Baltz Brothers partnership produces peanuts, rice, soybeans, milo, corn, wheat, hay and cattle. Baltz has been the owner and manager of Baltz Feed Company since 1999.
The National Peanut Board represents all USA peanut farmers and their families. The mission of the board is to provide USA peanut growers with new and developing markets for their peanuts and the information and tools for improved efficiencies.