American Pecan Council Begins with Nominations
August 12, 2016
- OMB approves Nomination Forms
- Call for Nomination Press Release; nomination forms mailed to Shellers and Growers, electronic versions available to download
Week of August 22
- Deadline for Nominations to be returned to USDA
Week of August 29
- USDA to mail ballots to growers and shellers to vote on Nominees
Week of September 19
- Deadline for Ballots to be returned to USDA
- Deadline for background statements (Nominator should seek to gather this document from the Nominees as soon as someone agrees to be nominated.) Only those with completed background statements can be sent forward on the selection order to the Secretary.
Month of October
- Selection Press Release for the new Council
- Conference call with USDA Staff and new Council Members (1/2 day) for FMO Orientation
- Council meets in person
UPDATES WILL BE POSTED TO THE APB WEBSITE AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE
FAQ about the Nomination Process:
- How will Nomination Forms be made available? Upon approval by OMB, official forms will be posted on the USDA website, mailed to growers and shellers on current USDA lists, and posted on the American Pecan Board website.
- Who can nominate? Any grower within a region can nominate another grower within the same region. Any sheller within a region can nominate another sheller within the same region.
- Who is a grower? A person who has produced an average of 50,000 lbs. of inshell pecans over the last four years or who has 30 pecan acres. All production or acreage must be within the 15 state production area (domestically produced).
- Who is a sheller? A person (entity) who has shelled at least one million lbs. of domestically produced inshell pecans in the prior fiscal year.
- What determines a large grower and small grower? A large grower is defined as having pecan acres equal to or more than 176 acres, and a small grower has less than 176 acres.
- What determines a large sheller and a small sheller? A large sheller is defined as having handled 12.5 million lbs. or more of domestically produced inshell pecans in the prior fiscal year, and a small sheller is defined as having handled less than 12.5 million lbs. of domestically produced inshell pecans in the prior fiscal year.
- Can a large grower nominate a small grower and can a small grower nominate a large grower for the appropriate seat? Yes
- Can a large grower second the nomination of a small grower, and can a small grower second the nomination of a large grower? Yes
- Can a large sheller nominate a small sheller and can a small sheller nominate a large sheller for the appropriate seat? Yes
- Can a large sheller second the nomination of a small sheller, and can a small sheller second the nomination of a large sheller? Yes
- If a grower grows pecans in more than one region, in which region can he/she be nominated? In the region in which he/she grows the largest volume of their production.
- If a sheller handles pecans in more than one region, in which region can he/she be nominated? In the region in which he/she handled the largest volume of domestically produced inshell pecans within the preceding fiscal year.
- Can a vertically integrated pecan operation (grows and shells) be nominated as a grower and a sheller? No, a decision must be made by the person (entity) being nominated whether to be nominated as a grower or a sheller.
- Who nominates the candidates for the accumulator and public member seats? Once the 15 member Council is seated, they nominate candidates for the accumulator and public member seats.
(Source: Pecan Board)