“Peanut Congressman” Provides Update

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Congressman Sanford Bishop of Georgia’s 2nd District says he is proud to be known in the House as the “peanut congressman,” since he serves the southwest part of Georgia “the largest peanut growing district in our country.” Congressman Bishop gave peanut producers an update on the “2007 Farm Bill finally passed in 2008” as well as concerns about USDA now … Read More

Congressman Recognized for Support

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Congressman Terry Everett of Alabama is retiring after 16 years representing the interests of peanut producers and other southeastern farmers in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Everett is pictured here with Randy Griggs of the Alabama Peanut Producers after he was recognized by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation for his many years of service to the industry, especially as … Read More

Williams Receives Valor Award

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University of Georgia agricultural engineer Jay Williams was honored with this year’s Valor award from Valent USA Corporation at the 2008 Southern Peanut Growers Conference. Valent’s John Altom presented Jay with the award, recognizing his 42 years of service to peanut research and extension as part of UGA’s Peanut Team. “Looking at him, he must have started when he was … Read More

And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

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New 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 … Read More

Opening Evening Sponsored by Bayer

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The 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. Regional Sales Manager Chris Payne had the pleasure … Read More

Mr. Peanut Wears Many Hats

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He 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 … Read More

Peanut Advisory Board Marketing Efforts

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I 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 Wagner with the Peanut Advisory Board says they have been working to help market this new product. “We love … Read More

Ice Cream Socializing

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As 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 … Read More

Registration is Underway

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Peanut 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. The Gulf of Mexico is just across the street from the conference center and right out the back door of the resort … Read More