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 … Read More

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 Interview with Jacob Davis, Alabama Peanut Producers Association Interview with Ken Barton, Florida Peanut Producers Association Interview with Don Koehler, Georgia Peanut Commission … Read More

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 … Read More

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. … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Southern Peanut Growers Update

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Peanuts are a great source of protein and they offer a number of other health benefits. In addition to supplying peanuts to the world, growers are also helping to solve the challenge of peanut allergies that affect so many people. Through the National Peanut Board, peanut farmers have funded more than $21 million worth of research on the peanut allergy … Read More

Peanut Growers Pleased with Farm Bill Provisions

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Peanut industry lobbyist Bob Redding spoke with those gathered at this year’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference about key provisions in this year’s farm bill. Important items Redding discussed included a $535 reference price and $355 marketing loan, as well as a separate peanut payment limit. Redding also spoke about storage and handling provisions, which he called a target in this … Read More