Ten Year Sponsors Recognized

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SPGC Ten Year SponsorsNine different companies have been sponsors of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference since the very beginning ten years ago. Those sponsors were recognized by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation for their support on Monday prior to the opening general session.

The ten year sponsors include Valent, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, BASF, Farm Press, Farm Progress, Peanut Grower and First South Farm Credit.

Dow AgroSciences is the only one without a representative pictured.

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Using New Media to Reach Growers

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Farmers and others in agriculture are just like everyone else these days. For the vast majority of us, computer usage is becoming a part of our everyday lives, if it hasn’t already taken it over!

That’s why all commodity organizations are becoming more adept at using the internet to reach out to growers and peanuts are no exception. That’s why you are reading this post right now. The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation made the decision to use the new media tools of blogging and podcasting to reach out and provide information on this year’s conference to anyone and everyone who has access to the World Wide Web through this site.

Joy Carter at SPGCJoy Carter with the Georgia Peanut Commission, who is also editor of Southeastern Peanut Farmer magazine and responsible for outreach to media and growers, came up with the idea of using the blog for conference coverage.

“We wanted to open the door for more farmers and industry representatives not able to attend the conference to be able to see who the speakers are, see photos from the conference and hear more about issues within the peanut industry,” Joy said. The website is also being promoted to agricultural media who can download the photos and audio to use.

Joy also talked about the Georgia Peanut Commission website “AmericanPeanuts.com” which was started two years ago to help growers learn more about legislative issues and what they can do to provide input. “They can register on the website and receive email alerts and updates that we send out and it also gives them an outlet to contact their congressmen on specific issues.”

Even though the website is funded by Georgia, the website is geared toward all peanut producers who want to be informed about legislative issues. Joy says it has been very well received and has proven to be a very useful tool for the industry.

Listen to an interview with Joy here:

Listen To MP3Joy Carter (4:00 min MP3)

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Peanuts Important to BASF

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BASF at SPGCPeanuts are considered to be a specialty or minor crop to many chemical companies and often it is the case that minor use crops get the benefits of major crop developments.

In the case of BASF Headline, it worked the other way.

Regional sales manager William Reed (center) says that versitile fungicide – which is now labeled for use in soybean, corn and wheat – really “cut its teeth in the peanut market.”

“Seeing how well it did on leaf spot and rust and soil-borne diseases – -it really got a great reputation and earned itself a good name in the peanut industry first,” said Reed. “Starting in the peanut area probably helped it spread faster in these other crops.”

So the peanut industry is very important for BASF and that is why they are a sponsor of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference. They sponsored the luncheon on Monday and are also one of the sponsors for the Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award.

Listen to an interview with William here:

Listen To MP3William Reed (6:30 min MP3)

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Bayer CropScience Proud to Be a 10-Year Sponsor

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Bayer CropScience at SPGCNine companies have been sponsors of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference for all ten years of its existence and one of them is Bayer CropScience. Here is a family photo of the Bayer team at their booth here, with the recognition award they received for ten years of sponsorship on display.

I finally got a chance to chat with regional sales manager Chris Payne about Bayer CropScience peanut products. “There’s been a lot of changes in our company and the peanut industry in the last ten years,” Chris says. “We’ve had new product labels like Provost fungicide, we’ve seen changes in growth in the Temik at-plant business, as well as Absolute fungicide.”

Chris says it has been their pleasure to be a sponsor for the conference for the last ten years. Listen to his interview here:

Listen To MP3Chris Payne (4:00 min MP3)

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And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

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Trimble-Ag Technologies SPGCNew technology and new media are a perfect fit, so it is fitting that Trimble/Ag Technologies is the sponsor of this blog coverage of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference.

I got a chance to chat with Josh Pitts of Ag Technologies, Trimble regional sales manager Tim East and
Brian Kelly with Ag Technologies who are here representing the companies.

Tim says they chose to sponsor this coverage because, like precision agriculture, it is “cutting edge – a high-tech way of communicating, getting ideas out and sharing experiences.”

Listen to an interview with these three here:

Listen To MP3Trimble Ag Tech Interview (5:30 min MP3)

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Opening Evening Sponsored by Bayer

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SPGC 08 opening dinner bandThe opening evening food and festivities at the 10th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference were sponsored by Bayer CropScience, makers of Provost, Temik, Trilix and more.

The evening featured a great band, dancing and excellent food – including the best Snickers pie ever as one of many desserts. Everyone seemed quite satisfied.

Chris Payne Bayer Crop ScienceRegional Sales Manager Chris Payne had the pleasure of giving the official welcome to the hundreds in attendance, congratulating growers for a great year and thanking them for their support of Bayer CropScience products.

Make sure to check out the photo album for pictures taken at the dinner.

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album

Mr. Peanut Wears Many Hats

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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)

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How to Grill Peanut Butter and Jelly

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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:

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Peanut Advisory Board Marketing Efforts

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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)

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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