Dr. Marshall Lamb with the USDA-ARS National Peanut Research Lab has been a fixture at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference for every one of the 15 years of its existence and a partner in the annual Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards for nearly as long. This year he was honored by Farm Press for his commitment with the first ever partner award.
“I think it’s a great conference because the organizers don’t just make this a growers’ conference,” he said. “They involve the shellers, the manufacturers and the allied industries. That entire picture benefits growers a lot.”
Dr. Lamb also gave a presentation during the first session of the conference on markets. “The markets are experiencing a lot of up and down swings but the program is working because those are actually market corrections when we’re oversupplied or undersupplied,” he said. “We’re coming off the heels of the biggest crop we’ve ever produced, the largest amount of carry forward, but we reduced acreage in the U.S. drastically. We don’t know where yields are going to be yet but there still some opportunities that may develop.”
Listen to my interview with Marshall here: Interview with Dr. Marshall Lamb (MP3)