Valent Presents the Valor Award

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Valent USA presented its Valor Award at the Southeast Peanut Growers Conference, recognizing an individual or group that has made significant contributions to the peanut industry.

This year’s recipient is the American Peanut Shellers, an association that is celebrating 100 years of history in 2019.

“They’ve been a partner with so many different groups and they’ve been creative and innovative in bringing new technology so it was really an honor to be able to present this to them as they celebrate their 100 years of service,” says John Altom, Valent Sales Representative.

Altom says Valor continues to be a key product for Valent as it is effective in fighting Palmer amaranth in peanuts. The company has also introduced MycoApply EndoPrime and has plans for a new fungicide to fight white mold.

Listen To MP3 Interview with John Altom, Valent

Look and Listen to 2019 SPGC

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We are doing feature posts on all of the content we gathered at the 21st Southern Peanut Growers Conference, but here are links to everything.

2019 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

Audio/Interviews

State Peanut Grower Execs
Listen To MP3 Interview with Jacob Davis, Alabama Peanut Producers Association

Listen To MP3 Interview with Ken Barton, Florida Peanut Producers Association

Listen To MP3 Interview with Don Koehler, Georgia Peanut Commission

Listen To MP3 Interview with Malcolm Broome, Mississippi Peanut Growers Association

Program participants
Listen To MP3 Interview with Parker Wallace, Parker’s Plate

Listen To MP3 Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) interview

Listen To MP3 Farm Press Efficiency Award winner Joe Morgan interview

Session Audio

“Peanuts Rise to Superfood” panel remarks
Listen To MP3 Dr. Samara Sterling, The Peanut Institute

Listen To MP3 Parker Wallace, Parker’s Plate

Listen To MP3 Sherry Coleman Collins, National Peanut Board

“Super Research for Super Farmers” panel remarks
Listen To MP3 Dr. Soraya Bertioli, University of Georgia

Listen To MP3 Dr. Edward Barnes, Cotton Incorporated

“Trade and Market Update” panel remarks
Listen To MP3 Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA)

Listen To MP3 George Lovatt, Lovatt & Rushing

Listen To MP3 Dr. Stanley Fletcher, Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation at ABAC

Listen To MP3 Peanut Industry Trade Panel Discussion
Bob Redding, The Redding Firm
Don Koehler, Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade
Karl Zimmer, American Peanut Shellers Association
Joe Parker, National Peanut Buying Points Association

Conference Sponsors
Listen To MP3 Interview with Abraham Fulmer, BASF

Listen To MP3 Interview with Bruce Stripling, FMC

Listen To MP3 Interview with Lyle Stewart, Syngenta

Listen To MP3 Interview with John Altom, Valent

Listen To MP3 Interview with Travis Kelly, Vantage Southeast

Listen To MP3 Interview with Tony Brunson, Corteva

Listen To MP3 Interview with Jared Moore, Farmers Business Network

The Rise of Peanuts as a Superfood

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A “superfood” is considered to be a nutrient-rich food that is beneficial for health and well-being, so peanuts naturally qualify, and that is something super important for farmers and the industry.

Samara Sterling, Ph.D., director of research for The Peanut Institute, says, “When you compare peanuts to kale, it’s a stark difference in terms of the amount you need to consume to reap the food’s benefits. For example, one serving of peanuts contains six times as much protein as a serving of raw kale and eight times as much niacin.”

Sterling joined Parker Wallace of Parker’s Plate and Sherry Coleman Collins with the National Peanut Board on a panel at the 2019 conference to talk about how peanuts have risen to the ranks of superfood. Listen to their opening remarks here:

Listen To MP3 Dr. Samara Sterling, The Peanut Institute

Listen To MP3 Parker Wallace, Parker’s Plate

Listen To MP3 Sherry Coleman Collins, National Peanut Board

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Georgia Congressman Addresses 2019 SPGC

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Georgia Republican Congressman Drew Ferguson spoke to the 2019 Southern Peanut Growers Conference. Elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Ferguson represents the third district of Georgia, southwest of Atlanta, and serves on the House Ways and Means committee.

The congressman discussed trade issues, disaster aid, rural broadband and the crazy that is Washington DC these days. Listen and watch below.

Listen To MP3 Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) remarks

Listen To MP3 Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) interview

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Peanuts on Parker’s Plate

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One way that self-described “culinary goddess” Parker Wallace gets her groove on in the kitchen is with peanuts.

Author of Parker’s Plate and lover of food, Wallace was on the first general session panel at the 2019 SPGC about “Peanuts Rise to Superfood.” After that, she was “Entertaining with Peanuts” on the spouse program where she showcased her Thai Quinoa and Peanut Salad recipe.

Learn about Parker’s love for peanuts in this interview.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Parker Wallace, Parker’s Plate

Update from State Peanut Groups

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How does this year’s peanut crop look in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi? We asked the execs for an update.

Jacob Davis is the new guy this year, just starting as executive director for the Alabama Peanut Producers Association on May 1. He says there is some discrepancy in the amount of acreage this year – somewhere between 150,000 and 170,000 acres in the state. Davis adds that dry conditions have been impacting the crop in the southeast part of Alabama.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Jacob Davis, Alabama Peanut Producers Association

Florida Peanut Producers Association executive director Ken Barton is happy to welcome the conference back to Panama City Beach and says the Florida crop is in mostly good condition right now with good moisture in most growing areas. However, there are many farmers still waiting for disaster assistance after last year’s Hurricane Michael that swept across the panhandle.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Ken Barton, Florida Peanut Producers Association

In Georgia, government numbers show a decline in peanut acreage this year but Peanut Commission executive director Don Koehler doesn’t see that. He is happy with the current crop condition, however. Overall, he says while a lot could happen before harvest, the crop looks pretty good right now.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Don Koehler, Georgia Peanut Commission

Acreage is down significantly in Mississippi this year, according to Mississippi Peanut Growers Association executive director Malcolm Broome. Where they have been up to as much as 40,000 acres, Broome says changes in base acres in the 2018 farm bill combined with higher supplies and lower prices brought it down to about 25,000 this year.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Malcolm Broome, Mississippi Peanut Growers Association

2019 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

Super Farmers Grow Super Peanuts

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Peanut growers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi are back on Panama City Beach this year, faster than a speeding jet ski and able to leap tall beach condos in a single bound.

The 21st Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference is back at the ever-popular Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, Panama City Beach, Florida for the three-day event the provides farmers with the latest information about peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions.

The theme this year is “Super Farmers Grow Super Peanuts” and the fun starts tonight with the Superhero Welcome Dinner sponsored by Bayer CropScience, followed by a showing of Incredibles 2. Check out the schedule online or download the conference app.


Engineering for Peanuts

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Jarret Paige is a new breed of intern working for the Georgia Peanut Commission this summer – he’s an engineering student.

“Our biggest thing is collaboration between the (UGA) College of Engineering and the Peanut Commission,” said Paige at #2018SPGC. His job this summer is engineering project development, or coming up with a list of projects of interest to the peanut commission that the college could involved different disciplines of engineering to accomplish.

Learn more in this interview –
Listen To MP3 Interview with Jarret Paige, GA Peanut Commission intern

2018 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

Corteva – New Name, Same Heart for Peanuts

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Earlier this year, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ became known as Corteva Agriscience™ (kohr-‘teh-vah), which is derived from a combination of words meaning “heart” and “nature”.

DuPont has been a major sponsor for the Southern Peanut Growers Conference since 2011 when they started hosting a Friday afternoon family-oriented entertainment option, and Corteva is carrying on that tradition. For the past three years, it has been an afternoon at the Blast Arcade at the Sandestin Resort Baytowne Wharf Village, which is very popular with all ages!

Thanks to Corteva and all of the SPGC sponsors who make the conference such a success every year!

2018 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

SunSouth Deere Dealers Shine at SPGC

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SunSouth Deere dealers were among those in attendance at this year’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference. SunSouth has 21 convenient locations in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

“Being involved with peanut growers is another way for us to really branch out into specialty crops, especially within our southern farmers. Our tractors, tillage tools and other units of equipment are really what these guys go for and we really appreciate their hard work that they put in every year using our equipment and giving us feedback that we need to make our company better,” said Ashleigh Fleming, Southeast Sales Promotion Coordinator.

Fleming noted that John Deere has now been in the tractor business for 100 years and peanut farmers have been a huge part of that success.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Ashleigh Fleming here:
Listen To MP3 Interview with Ashleigh Fleming, John Deere

2018 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album