APC names new director to lead sustainability program

Alllie headshot croppedAugust 15, 2023 (Alexandria, Va.)—The American Peanut Council today announced that Allison (Allie) Randell will join the organization as director of sustainability. She will oversee APC’s Sustainable U.S. Peanuts Initiative, an industry-wide and industry-fueled data-collection platform that helps growers tell their sustainability story.  

Randell comes to APC from Premium Peanut where she was a grower liaison. In this role she led enrollment of more than 100 growers in the Sustainable U.S. Peanuts Initiative, while also delivering training and support for the 2021-2022 crop years. Also, while at Premium, Randell provided agronomic support to growers regarding crop health, maturity and other management practices, while maintaining relationships with grower-owners, buying point managers, crop consultants and other key industry stakeholders. Prior to this, Randell was a graduate research assistant at the University of Georgia and has held intern-level positions at Syngenta Crop Protection and Holder Ag Consulting. Randell holds the Certified Crop Advisor designation.   

Randell has a Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Abraham Balwin Agricultural College, Tifton, Ga.  

“Allie’s in depth understanding of peanut crop production and her experience with Sustainable U.S. Peanuts will take the program to the next level of effectiveness,” said APC President and CEO Richard Owen. “Her ability to work well with growers as we continue to build the program and increase grower participation will be a huge asset for APC.”

Randell’s portfolio will include working closely with APC’s Sustainability Committee to draft standard operating procedures on grower enrollment, data collection and verification processes. She will provide training and support to stakeholders to help enroll their grower networks, and work closely with state peanut associations and state extension services to activate recruitment programs in their respective states and regions. She will also represent APC at trade shows, as well as industry meetings across the peanut belt to raise awareness of the program. 

“Environmental sustainability is an inherent part of peanut production in the US, and that message needs to be heard at every step of the supply chain from producer to consumer,” said Randell. “I am passionate about supporting the role peanut growers play in sustainable food production and thrilled to be joining APC in leading the expansion of the Sustainable U.S. Peanuts Initiative.”

Randell joins APC on August 21. She will be based in Douglas, Ga.  

Learn more about Sustainable U.S. Peanuts here. 


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