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American Peanut Council names PMA veteran as CEO

American Peanut Council Final 2

The American Peanut Council BB #:162575 is pleased to announce the selection of Richard Owen as its new President & Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2021.

Richard has held senior leadership positions at the Produce Marketing Association BB #:153708 for the past 11 years, and earlier in his career served as director of agricultural affairs in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and as executive vice president of the Montana Grain Growers Association.

Starting with a degree in Agricultural Education from Virginia Tech, Mr. Owen has built a strong track record of working to strengthen American agriculture, developing particular expertise in international marketing and market development.

“The APC Executive Committee has spent the past several months collaborating with industry stakeholders to identify the key qualities needed in the next leader of the American Peanut Council. With our selection of Richard Owen, we believe we have found the best person to lead the organization into the future,” commented Monty Rast, who served as the organization’s chairman for the past year.

“Given the American Peanut Council’s main priority and mission of strengthening export sales of U.S. peanuts to global markets, we are excited to work with Richard in laying out a comprehensive strategy to develop international markets, reduce tariff and non-tariff trade barriers, and expand sales of U.S.-origin peanuts around the world in a sustainable manner”.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the American Peanut Council as its next president and CEO”, stated Owen. “To be able to lead an industry-wide organization of APC’s stature into the next chapter of its growth is a great personal and professional opportunity. Throughout the selection process I was impressed with the leadership’s commitment to both the organization and the broader peanut industry. I look forward to partnering with all of the industry stakeholders in this new endeavor”.

The work of the American Peanut Council is an integral part of a larger effort to support the peanut industry. Richard and his team will work closely with the National Peanut Board (leading domestic marketing and peanut allergen efforts), the U.S. Peanut Federation (leading advocacy, policy & regulatory efforts), the Peanut Institute (coordinating peanut nutritional research), as well as state grower and segment organizations to advance the interests of our great industry.

2020 has taught all of us that we need to be flexible and adaptive in order to survive and prosper. With the addition of new leadership to the APC, we are excited to see a revamped and revitalized export promotion program, building on the strong results achieved over the past several years.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, we need to align the resources of the American Peanut Council to adapt to changing market conditions and significant non-tariff trade barriers that have been imposed by a number of our trading partners.

Patrick Archer, the Council’s long-serving President, announced his retirement in mid-2020. Please join us in welcoming Richard to the world of peanuts.