Reps. Rogers and Scott at 2017 SPGC

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U.S. Representatives Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Austin Scott (R-GA) both shared their perspectives on the new administration, gridlock in Congress, and the outlook for a 2018 farm bill at the 2017 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Saturday.

“It’s going to be a tough fight, I don’t want anybody to fool themselves,” said Rep. Rogers about getting the next farm bill passed in Congress. He says he would like to see the legislation – which is about 80 percent nutrition programs – split just for a vote to see who votes for or against. “Neither one of them will pass on their own, but it’ll show us who our friends are.”

Rep. Scott says his number one concern is to make sure “we don’t get splits between the commodity groups and within the commodity groups” with respect to farm programs. “I think one of the big debates in the farm bill will be planted acres versus base acres, I can tell you it’s coming,” he said. “The discussion of permanent law versus temporary law is another issue that we’re going to have some honest discussion about.”

Other topics the Congressmen addressed in their remarks and interview afterwards include infrastructure legislation, the recent farm bill listening session held in Florida, and more.

Listen here:

Listen To MP3 Remarks from Reps. Mike Rogers and Austin Scott

Listen To MP3 Interview with Reps. Austin Scott and Mike Rogers

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Updates on Alabama and Mississippi Peanuts

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The Alabama peanut crop is looking good, according to Alabama Peanut Producers Association Executive Director Caleb Bristow, and farmers are definitely interested in learning more about the navigating the market place for their crop.

“Really it’s a complete 180 from where we were last year,” Bristow said of the market for peanuts this year.

As far as what Alabama farmers would like to see in a new farm bill, Bristow says they are happy with the peanut program as it is. “Obviously the big debate is generic acres and what happens there and we hope cotton fixes that,” he said.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Caleb Bristow, Alabama Peanut Producers

Malcolm Broome with the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association says farmers in his state would also like to see the peanut program stay as is. “We’re happy with the current 2014, it’s worked pretty good for us,” he said.

And Broome says the peanut crop also looks good in his state, but could be a little drier. “I hate to say we need dry weather but we’ve got some folks trying to spray some peanuts and they’re bogging the spray rigs down,” he added.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Malcolm Broome, Mississippi Peanut Growers

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Valent Valor Fights for Peanuts

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Definition of valor
noun val·or \ˈva-lər\
1. strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery
2. preemergence herbicide from Valent for use on peanuts that provides 4-6 weeks of residual control

Valent’s John Altom presents Valor award for National Peanut Board to vice chairman Ed White of Alabama

Valent has been presenting the Valor award for as long as the Southern Peanut Growers Conference has been in existence and as long as Valor® SX Herbicide has been available for peanut growers.

“That’s our number one herbicide that’s used pre-emerge, right behind the planter,” says regional representative John Altom. “Very effective on Palmer Amaranth and all your small seed broadleaf weeds.”

Altom says before Palmer, the biggest weed problem for peanut growers was Florida Beggarweed, but Valor has helped to pretty much eliminate that problem.

Learn more about Valent solutions for peanut growers in this interview: Listen To MP3 Interview with John Altom, Valent

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National Peanut Board Honored

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The National Peanut Board was honored at the 2017 Southern Peanut Growers Conference with the Valent Valor award – the first time in 19 years the award has recognized an organization instead of an individual.

“We’re hugely honored and excited that the industry would recognize us in such a way,” said Bob Parker, NPB CEO, pictured here in the center surrounded by staff and board members at the conference.

The board was recognized primarily for work they have done in peanut allergy research and education. “We’ve invested over 22 million dollars in food allergies,” said Parker. “We don’t deny the existence of peanut allergy, but it can be managed and quality of life can be maintained.”

Parker spoke to the conference this year about marketing to millennials and how peanuts fit very well into this demographic group’s desire for food that are sustainable, healthy, versatile and good for snacking.

Learn more in this interview: Listen To MP3 Interview with Bob Parker, National Peanut Board CEO

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Peanut Growers Navigating the Marketplace

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The theme for the 19th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference theme is Navigating the Marketplace and this marks the 10th year in a row for us to attend and populate the conference blog for this great group of farmers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

This is the second year the event has been held at the Sandestin Resort on Florida’s emerald coast. There is lots of farm bill talk going on here with Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Austin Scott (R-GA) on the program and we’ll learn more about what’s behind the “Peanut Program Works” campaign.

Florida Peanut Producers Association Executive Director Ken Barton talks about what is in store at this year’s meeting, and how the Florida peanut crop is doing.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Ken Barton, Florida Peanut Producers

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Syngenta Helps #Peanut Growers Celebrate Survival

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spgc-16-syngenta-lyleAttendees at the 2016 Southern Peanut Growers Conference danced the night away to the sounds of The American Flyers Saturday night, thanks as always to the generous support of Syngenta.

“We were one of the first sponsors and we’re proud to be part of it – it’s a family,” said Lyle Stewart with Syngenta, who says they are with peanut growers for the long haul.

“The one thing we continue to try to do is reinvest in our products through research and development,” Stewart said. Syngenta has introduced two new products recently for peanut growers with another one on the way in 2018. “Our hope is that if we continue to do the research to offer these new products to the peanut growers that will help them survive,” Lyle added.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Lyle Stewart, Syngenta

Thanks again to all of the sponsors who make the SPGC possible – See you next year!

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Alabama Peanut Exec Survives #2016SPGC

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spgc-16-calebAlabama Peanut Producers Association Executive Director Caleb Bristow survived his first “real” Southern Peanut Growers Conference and came through with flying colors.

“Last year I didn’t have a whole lot to do because I was still the new guy on the block, but this one has been a lot more involved and it’s been good,” said Bristow, who adds that attendance was back up in the 600 range this year.

Bristow says the theme of Survivor really struck a chord with participants this year. “Market prices are low, farmers are struggling – they’re surviving,” he said.

In this interview, Caleb also discusses the state of the Alabama peanut crop: Listen To MP3 Interview with Caleb Bristow, Alabama Peanut Producers

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Koehler Honored by Congress

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spgc-16-koehlerGeorgia Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler was honored last week by a Congressional resolution honoring him for his 30 years of service to the industry.

“It was a real shock,” Don said after receiving the presentation from Michael Reed, chief of staff for Rep. Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA2). In addition to Bishop, the motion for the resolution was introduced by several other Georgia Congressional representatives, including Reps. Buddy Carter (R-GA1), Austin Scott (R-GA8), David Scott (D-GA13), and Rick Allen (R-GA12). “The commission’s been in business 53 years and I’ve been there 30 of them as executive director and I love the people I do this with and for – I’m a blessed person.”

In this interview, Don talks about this year’s SPGC and what the peanut crop looks like in Georgia – all the good, the bad and the ugly of it. Listen To MP3 Interview with Don Koehler, GA Peanut Commission

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Verdesian Primo Power for #Peanuts

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spgc-16-verdesianVerdesian Life Sciences was on hand at the 2016 Southern Peanut Growers Conference to talk about a new product to help producers survive.

“We have a new liquid in-furrow peanut inoculant called Primo Power CL,” said Stan Deal with Verdesian. “It’s a higher concentrated form inoculant for the rhizobia for the peanut plants and it’s going to be released this year.”

Learn more in this interview: Listen To MP3 Interview with Stan Deal, Verdesian

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New Company Joins #2016SPGC Family

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spgc-16-vantageVantage South is a precision equipment and services dealer based in Alabama and they were a new sponsor this year at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference.

Josh Carnley says they really enjoyed their first year. “This is a venue where most of your progressive, larger, more advanced farmers come and that’s our target customer,” said Carnley.

Vantage South is a Precision Planting and Trimble dealer for Alabama, Northwest Florida, and Southern Mississippi. Learn more about them at their website or Facebook page and in this interview:

Listen To MP3 Josh Carnley, Vantage South

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