One of the associations that puts on the Southern Peanut Growers Conference is the Florida Peanut Producers Association. Ken Barton is Executive Director for FPPA and was welcoming people as they registered.
Ken provided me with an overview of the conference since it’s my first one. He says the content seems to get better each year. The registration room was very busy so it looks like attendance is off to a great start.
The program will include speakers talking about each segment of the peanut industry including research and promotion. Of course farmer attendees get some time to enjoy the beach with their families. Ken points out that the water is beautiful and clean.
I asked him about the status of the Florida peanut industry and he says it’s “very healthy.” Consumption is increasing and the crop is in good shape although some areas could use more rain.
Listen to my interview with Ken here:
Ken Barton Interview (MP3)