The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association is still the “new kid on the block” at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, even though they have been involved since 2006. Because Malcolm Broome is the newest of the executive directors charged with planning the conference, the running joke this year was that he got blamed for anything that went wrong!
Malcolm says being involved with conference has been great for the Mississippi peanut industry. “Worked to our advantage a lot, gave us contact with a lot bigger audience and we’ve been just tickled to death to be a part of it,” he told me.
There’s about 120 peanut farms in Mississippi now and one buying point, according to Malcolm. “We’re beginning to see some growth now where Louisiana and Arkansas bump up to Mississippi,” he said. “With the price of peanuts like they are, folks are interested in planting more acres.”
Listen to my interview with Malcolm by clicking on the link.
Malcolm Broome Interview (MP3)