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Oklahoma Peanut Commission seeks board members.
Published: February 16, 2013


Peanut group to form board

The Oklahoma Peanut Commission is seeking peanut producers interested in representing the state on the National Peanut Board. Anyone who is engaged in the production and sale of peanuts and who owns or shares the ownership and risk of loss of the crop is encouraged to participate. Terms of the current Oklahoma board member and alternate expire Dec. 31. The National Peanut Board will submit Oklahoma's nominees to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, who makes the appointments. Interested peanut producers should contact Mike Kubicek at 275-5994 or

City woman joins tax panel

An Oklahoma City resident is one of 26 new members selected for the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee that provides taxpayer suggestions to the Internal Revenue Service. Mary Jo Thomson, of Oklahoma City, was selected from almost 400 people nationwide. She and the other new members join a panel of 77 volunteers for 2013. Panel members agree to serve a three-year appointment and are expected to devote 200 to 300 hours per year to panel activities, which include working with IRS executives on priority topics and bringing grassroots concerns raised by taxpayers to the attention of the IRS. Taxpayers may contact their representative at

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