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Virginia Carolinas Peanuts website ( is the joint web portal for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Peanut Grower Associations.  

90% of the Virginia Type peanuts grown in the US are grown in Virginia and the Carolinas. The Virginia Type peanut is the largest and crunchiest of all types grown in the US. They are used for salted in the shell and cocktail peanuts. If you see in-shell peanuts in the grocery store or at sporting events, they most likely were produced in the Virginia-Carolina area, no matter where you are in the US.

We are committed to spreading the word about peanuts grown in the Virginia Carolinas through our marketing and promotions partnerships. We strive to educate the public; while working with educators, nutritionists, and health professionals, we offer a wide variety of general information on peanuts and peanut practices.

Career Opportunity 

Virginia Peanut Growers Association Seeking Executive Secretary  

The Virginia Peanut Growers Association, under the guidance of the Virginia Peanut Board, conducts programs of promotion, research, and education to advance the visibility and use of peanuts grown by its members, the peanut farmers of Virginia. The Association is seeking to hire a full-time Executive Secretary to manage the Association business. This individual will also serve as the Program Director of the Virginia Peanut Board. This position will be based in the Peanut Growers Cooperative Marketing Assocation office located in Franklin, VA.

The Executive Secretary will conduct the Association business under the direction of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Peanut Growers Association and will manage the administrative responsibilities of the Virginia Peanut Board. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, goal-oriented, and has a strong ability to prioritize. The role includes drafting a budget each year and using the assessment collections to conduct Association programs. The individual will work with cooperating agricultural organizations within the state and nationally, including the Virginia Agribusiness Council, Farm Bureau, the National Peanut Board, the American Peanut Council, and organizations representing the farmers of other peanut-growing states. The individual must be proficient in social media utilization as they will develop and initiate the social media presence for the Association. There will be travel, both statewide and nationally.

Graduation from a four-year college or university or equivalent, ideally with a degree in Agriculture, Business, Marketing, or a related field, as well as familiarity with Virginia agriculture is required with salary and benefits commensurate with experience and abilities. Good communication skills are a necessity, including being able to speak or write at various audience levels. Resumés are being accepted through June 1, 2023, and should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submitted by mail to Wesley Barnes, President, PO Box 59, Franklin, VA 23851. Any questions should be directed to Dell Cotton at 757-562-4103 during regular business hours.

The Virginia Peanut Board / Virginia Peanut Growers Association does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.

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