Mr. Peanut Wears Many Hats

Cindy Zimmerman2008 Conference, Audio, Conference Sponsors0 Comments

Grilled PBJ National Peanut Buying PointsHe is known to many in the southeast as “Mr. Peanut” – the voice of authority when it comes to peanuts on the Southeast Agnet.

Tyron Spearman is also the executive director for the National Peanut Buying Points Association and he poses here with some of his members making grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference on Sunday. Tyron is the one on the left, if you don’t know him. I just met him myself today – even though I also do programming for the Southeast Agnet. Our paths just never crossed until today.

In this interview, Tyron talks about what the NPBPA does and why they take an active role as a sponsor of the annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference.

Listen To MP3Mr. Peanut Interview (2:30 min MP3)

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album

How to Grill Peanut Butter and Jelly

Cindy Zimmerman2008 Conference, Audio, Conference Sponsors, Video0 Comments

Grilled PBJI tried something new today that I had frankly never even thought of eating before – grilled peanut butter and jelly. Don’t know why I never thought of it – after all, I like toast with peanut butter and jelly. But, grilling gives it a much richer flavor that, as Wesley Powell of Bainbridge, Georgia says goes great with a tall glass of cold milk for breakfast. Add some sliced bananas and you have yourself an “Elvis” sandwich!

Powell is past president of the National Peanut Buying Points Association, which grills up these tasty morsels every year at the SPGC. He shares his secrets to making the perfect grilled PB and J in this interview.

Listen To MP3Wesley Powell Interview (3:00 min MP3)

I’ve also got a short YouTube video you can watch:

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album

Peanut Advisory Board Marketing Efforts

Cindy Zimmerman2008 Conference, Audio0 Comments

Chets PB ProductsI mentioned Chet’s Peanut Butter toppings in the last post – here’s a close up of this fantastic new product for the peanut industry. It’s only been out there for about six months and already a buzz is getting started.

Leslie WagnerLeslie Wagner with the Peanut Advisory Board says they have been working to help market this new product. “We love working with brand new companies especially if they have an innovative thing going on,” Leslie told me. “It’s great for backpacking and traveling because it squeezes flat, not like a jar. It’s a great idea!”

Finding innovative new ways to market peanuts and peanut butter is the whole purpose of the Peanut Advisory Board, which represents growers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. Find out more about what they do in this interview with Leslie.

Listen To MP3Leslie Wagner Interview (5:00 min MP3)

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album

Ice Cream Socializing

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Edgewater Conference CenterAs growers arrive to start the registration process, they are given a cool reception – a very welcome one coming in from the Florida humidity!

The Peanut Advisory Board is sponsoring the Ice Cream Social welcome hospitality, a tradition for the peanut growers meeting. It gives the meeting attendees a chance to meet and greet as they pick up their registration packets and check in to their hotel rooms.

SPGC RegistrationThe little ones especially enjoy the tasty treat – which can be topped with peanuts, of course – as well as some flavored peanut butter toppings. Chet’s peanut butter breakfast and dessert toppings come in a variety of flavors, including cinnamon nutmeg, chocolate and banana. Yummmmm! Check them out on line at www.harrisfamilyfoods.com

I am getting the Flickr photo album started. Check it out here:

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album

Registration is Underway

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Edgewater Conference CenterPeanut producers and their families from throughout the Southeast are arriving here at the Edgewater Beach Resort Conference Center in Panama City. It is a beautiful day to be at the beach here on the panhandle of Florida.

SPGC RegistrationThe Gulf of Mexico is just across the street from the conference center and right out the back door of the resort hotel. Definitely a great venue for this 10th annual conference. Right now the registration room is filling up and people are getting ready to get checked in to their rooms. Registration just started at 1 pm and people are anxious to get this party started!

Talking Peanuts on the Beach

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The Southern Peanut Growers Conference is just days away. The conference will enable participants to learn from and network with experts in the peanut industry. Oh yeah, break time is on the beach…

Welcome to the 10th anniversary Southern Peanut Growers Conference. This conferences is sure to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about legislative issues, marketing and research in the peanut industry. Also, there will be plenty of time to meet new friends, spend time with your family and relax on the beach. The conference organizers have planned an informative conference. However, this conference would not be possible without all of the sponsors. The sponsors are listed to the right so be sure to visit with them during the conference and thank them for their support.

Conference Info and highlights:

Participants can enjoy refreshments and pick up their registration packets in the Hospitality Room on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Conference Center. The Peanut Advisory Board is sponsoring the Hospitality Room and the National Peanut Buying Points Association will be grilling Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches.

Room registration for the event will be available from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.

BayerBayer CropScience is proud to host the Southern Peanut Growers Conference Welcome Dinner. A band will be providing entertainment with musical hits from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s.

The Spouse Program will begin Monday July 14th at 9:30 a.m in the Royal Palm room of the Edgewater Conference Center. Participants will learn how to can put their best face forward with techniques, treatments, and products to give your face a younger, healthier look with demonstrations from a licensed Esthetician Tina Strickland. Spouses will also learn how to give themselves mini spa treatments from Edgewater Beach Resort’s licensed massage therapist, Jenna Beckerich. Jenna will cover things that spouses can do at home with techniques, treatments, and products to smooth over rough feet and hands. Each lady will receive a 20% off coupon to use at The Spa at Edgewater. Participants will also be able to take advantage of shopping at Pier Park. Register for Monday’s spouse program on the registration form.

SyngentaThe evening of Tuesday, July 15th is the Night of the Blues. Syngenta is proud to host the Southern Peanut Growers Conference Tuesday night Dinner and Entertainment. Join us in the celebration of the final event of the 10th anniversary conference in blues style! Don’t forget to wear black pants and white shirt. We will supply the rest of your outfit!

Kidz Klub programs are offered through Edgewater Beach Resort. Advance registration for children is required. Events range from scavenger hunts, hula contests, kite flying on the beach and crafts. Kidz Klub is available for children registered for the conference on Monday, July 14, 9:30 a.m. until noon. Pre-registration is required for Kidz Klub. Contact Edgewater Beach Resort for more information at 1-800-874-8686.

10th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference

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The 10th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be held July 13-15, 2008 at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, FL.

This year’s conference offers farmers an opportunity to learn more about the legislative issues, peanut research and promotions. In addition to the conference sessions the event focuses on the family by offering a kids program and a ladies program. The kids and ladies program will be similar to previous conferences. There will also be a golf tournament on Tuesday afternoon.

2008 Conference Sponors include:

  • Southern Peanut Farmers Federation
  • Alabama Peanut Producers Association
  • Florida Peanut Producers Association
  • Georgia Peanut Commission
  • Mississippi Peanut Growers Association
  • Peanut Advisory Board
  • Syngenta
  • Bayer CropScience
  • BASF
  • Valent
  • Trimble Agriculture/Ag Technologies, LLC
  • O’Bryan Agri Insurance
  • Farm Press
  • Farm Progress
  • First South Farm Credit
  • National Peanut Buying Points Association
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • Alabama Farmers Federation
  • Becker Underwood
  • Birdsong Peanuts
  • Georgia Farm Bureau
  • Golden Peanut Company
  • Nichino America, Inc.
  • Southwest Georgia Farm Credit
  • Stallings Crop Insurance/Pro Ag
  • Peanut Grower
  • Southeastern Peanut Farmer
  • EMD Crop BioScience
  • JLA USA
  • MANA Crop Protection
  • Romer Labs
  • T-L Irrigation Company
  • Arysta LifeScience

Presented by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation
– in conjunction with –
Auburn University, University of Florida and
University of Georgia