Somewhere around 600 peanut farmers, industry friends and their families helped make the 2011 Southern Peanut Growers Conference one of the record books.
“We sold out more room nights than we’ve ever had, we had higher registration than we’ve ever had, and I really think we had one of the best conferences we’ve ever had,” said Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission.
Don says the growers came, despite the fact that dry conditions throughout the southern growing region are causing concerns. “I think there was some desire to just get away, I mean, you can’t make it rain!” said Don, pictured here with two grandsons enjoying the final night entertainment, sponsored by Syngenta.
Don notes that Syngenta has been a sponsor for the conference since the very beginning. “Syngenta’s been the anchor of this conference,” he said. “They were the first sponsor that came forward when we started this 13 years ago.”
Listen to my interview with Don here: Don Koehler (MP3)
“Our sales reps have a relationship with these growers that’s second to none,” said Syngenta Peanut Crop Manager Scott Johnson. “It’s a good time to have fellowship and to learn the needs of the growers and of the industry.”
Listen to Scott explain why Syngenta supports SPGC by clicking on the link below:
Scott Johnson, Syngenta (MP3)