(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas is getting a little nutty.
The Natural State has produced an average of at least 10,000 tons of peanuts within the past three years, and it’s now getting some recognition for it.
The National Peanut Board announced Monday that the state has been designated a primary peanut-producing state and will be granted membership on the U.S. board.
Arkansas will be the 11th state to gain membership on the board. The other 10 states on the board are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. There’s one at-large board member who represents minor, peanut-producing states.
Arkansas’ Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun says he’s pleased with the announcement and says that Arkansas has the soil, water and climate needed to cultivate peanuts.