Peanut Board Nominations and Fresh Apple Inventories Down
**The USDA is seeking eight nominees for the National Peanut Board to replace one producer member and one alternate for Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and the at-large region.
The Ag Secretary will appoint individuals to succeed members whose terms expire on December 31st, and those appointed will serve three-year terms.
Members and alternates are nominated by producers or producer groups within their respective states. The 2021 state peanut nomination meetings will be spread out over the next couple of months.
**Stress related to the pandemic has affected the mental health of farmers and farm employees.
A survey by the American Farm Bureau says two-thirds of farmers and employees reported mental-health effects since the pandemic began.
Among rural adults more generally, more than half reported effects.
Farm Bureau has advocated for improved mental-health care in rural communities and offers resources on a website, farmstateofmind.org.
**Fresh apple inventories in the new year are down 13% compared to the same time a year ago, according to the latest U.S. Apple Association Market News report.
The 90.3 million 42-pound carton equivalents in storage on January 1st were 13.1% less than reported the same time in 2020 and 8.9% less than the five-year average.
The average PRICE for all apples on January 9th was $28.32 per carton, up from $23.17 in 2020 and $26.19 in 2019.