The 20th Anniversary Conference is Underway

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Yesterday the cake was cut (see video below) and this year’s Conference is officially underway. Families started rolling in as registration got started here at Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, FL. As always, we started the conference by interviewing each of the state executive directors about current issues, including the farm bill, trade and the state of this year’s crop. … Read More

In it for the Long Run 5K and Fun Run

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If you are in peanuts for the long run, be sure to register now to join us for the first “In it for the Long Run 5K and Fun Run” on Friday, July 24 at Southern Peanut Growers Conference. The race will begin at 6:30 am and all donations will benefit MANA Nutrition to create peanut-based ready to use therapeutic … Read More

Peanut Production Sustainability

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Production techniques and disease management were among the topics explored during a session on Production Sustainability at the 2013 SPGC. Kip Balkcom with USDA/ARS at Auburn University discussed some of the sustainable production techniques farmers are using now and could be using in the future. He says sustainable production boils down to three things, “minimize surface tillage, utilize cover crops … Read More

2010 Conference Ends On A High Note

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The conference ended with a big party featuring the music of The Tams. It was a time to do a little dancing and some peanut growers jumped right in. Please feel free to check out our photo albums with the links below. When you click on them you’ll go to the album, be able to watch the photos as a … Read More

Wrapping Up With Don Koehler

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Don Koehler, Executive Director, Georgia Peanut Commission, helped me wrap things up for the conference. As of this point in time everyone has a free afternoon before our concluding dinner this evening. I’ll be adding some photos from that event to the photo album. You can also find another set of photos taken by Joy Carter, Georgia Peanut Commission on … Read More

Show Me The Energy

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Showing farmers how to get involved in renewable energy was Steve Flick, Show Me Energy Cooperative. Steve thinks his participation on the program was a two way educational experience since he learned a lot about peanut farming while he was here. Steve says they have shown that farmers can produce renewable energy on a local level and peanut farmers in … Read More

Promoting Ethanol In The Southeast

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Bioenergy was a big topic this morning with a pair of presentations. First up was Dennis Wiese, Growth Energy. Dennis says they need to get outside the cornbelt on this issue so he was happy to have a chance to speak to farmers in the southeast. Growth Energy is an ethanol advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. He’s hoping that … Read More

Ban No Peanuts Award

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Providing an outlook of what’s going on in Washington, DC was Congressman Bobby Bright, AL (pictured left). He didn’t know it was coming but he was presented a special award today from the Alabama Peanut Producers Association. The award was presented for his work on the halt of the Department of Transportation ban on peanuts in public transportation. So the … Read More

Ag Technologies Going Wireless

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The sponsor once again this year for the conference blog is Ag Technologies/Trimble. I spoke with Josh Pitts to learn what’s new with the company. Josh says that technology has become more solutions based so they’re moving more toward implement control after being focused on guidance for so long. So they’re introducing wireless technology which will allow growers to connect … Read More

New Auburn University Ag School Dean

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The new Dean of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University, Bill Batchelor, joined us this morning. I spoke to him about his new position on a break. Bill comes from an ag engineering background and sees dealing with the realities of the economic downturn as a priority for the school. He says that they have to learn how to … Read More