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 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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#Peanut Oil – Fuel for Survival

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Providing a new jet fuel source could be a new market for the peanut industry, one that is in the process of being evaluated by both USDA and the Navy.

spgc-16-lamb“I think we owe it to ourselves that any time we can get our product into a new market that we explore these options,” said Dr. Marshall Lamb with the USDA/ARS National Peanut Research Lab during a panel presentation at the 2016 Southern Peanut Growers Conference on the potential for peanut oil as a fuel source.

Dr. Lamb told attendees that peanuts have an advantage over many other crops in that they have a very high oil content. “We’ve got an oil content of roughly 50 percent,” he said, compared to soybeans at just 18 percent and canola about 40. “And if you look at the amount per acre, peanuts are far higher than any other crops we can grow.”

Listen to Marshall’s presentation here: Listen To MP3 Dr. Marshall Lamb, National Peanut Research Lab

Also presenting during the session were Ronnie Davis, USDA Rural Development, and Ed Coppola, Applied Research Associates and you can listen to them below. Chris Tindell with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy was unable to attend the conference as scheduled but another representative gave a power point presentation by phone on the evaluation of peanut oil as a fuel under the U.S. Navy’s biofuel mandate.

Listen To MP3 Ronnie Davis, USDA Rural Development

Listen To MP3 Ed Coppola, Applied Research Associates

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Farm Press Honors Efficient #Peanut Farmers

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spgc-16-peasThe 17th annual Farm Press awards presented to peanut farmers in different regions this year had a new name – the Peanut Efficiency Awards. The Farm Press editorial staff made the name change this year from profitability to efficiency but the end result is the same – three outstanding farmers who utilize the best tools and practices for maximum results on their farms.

This year’s winners are pictured here with Farm Press Publications Content Director Forrest Laws on the right and Dr. Marshall Lamb of the National Peanut Research Laboratory on the left.

They are:
Lower Southeast Region – Matt Bryan of Newton, GA with his wife Tonya
Upper Southeast Region – the Belch family of Conway, NC – Brandon and fiance Lauren, Mike and Cindy
Southwest Region – Rickey Beardon of Plains, TX with his wife Karen

Learn more about them from Farm Press and thanks to Farm Press for their long standing support of the peanut industry and the Southern Peanut Growers Conference.

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