Peanuts Help Drive the Rural Economy

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Dr. Kent Wolfe, director of the Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development at the University of Georgia, says increasing population movement out of rural counties make farming even more important to the economic health of those areas. “Peanut production in those communities is very, very vital,” said Dr. Wolfe in his presentation to the SPGC. “It supports a lot of … Read More

Southern Peanut Farmers Federation Activities

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Jessie Bland with the Georgia Peanut Commission and Kaye Lynn Hataway of the Alabama Peanut Producers provided an update on recent activities of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation (SPFF) on behalf of its members in all four states. Jessie talked about research and promotion efforts, while Kaye Lynn discussed some of the education and legislative outreach. SPFF was established in … Read More

The 20th Anniversary Conference is Underway

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Yesterday the cake was cut (see video below) and this year’s Conference is officially underway. Families started rolling in as registration got started here at Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, FL. As always, we started the conference by interviewing each of the state executive directors about current issues, including the farm bill, trade and the state of this year’s crop. … Read More

Celebrating 20 Years of Southern Peanut Growers Conference

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The 20th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be held July 19-21, 2018 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida. The three-day event provides farmers with information about peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions. In addition to the conference sessions, the event focuses on the family by offering family activities and a golf tournament. Farmers are … Read More

Vantage Southeast Loyal to Peanut Industry

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Vantage Southeast (formally Ag Technologies) got its start helping provide precision agriculture solutions for peanut growers and they remain a priority for the company. “We’ve always tried to stay true to the ones the brought us to the dance,” said company representative Travis Kelly who enjoys coming back every year to see farmer customers and being part of the Southern … Read More

Alabama Peanut Efficiency Award Winner

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For Curry Parker of Headland, Alabama, hard work and sharp eyes are his most important assets when it comes to being an efficient farmer and winner of this year’s Farm Press Peanut Efficiency Award for the lower Southeast region. “I did it by not being lazy, do whatever the crop needs, and use my eyes to see what’s going on,” … Read More

Welcome UPI to the Southern Peanut Growers Family

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It’s always wonderful to meet a new addition to the Southern Peanut Growers family and this year we had the pleasure of meeting Alexis Benge-Bromley with UPI, a global crop protection product company based in Pennsylvania. Being a Mississippi native, Alexis felt right at home and will definitely be back again next year. “I’ve had a chance to meet with … Read More

Georgia Farmers Have Friend at USDA

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Georgia peanut farmers have one of their own in the Trump administration as Secretary of Agriculture. Don Koehler with the Georgia Peanut Commission says he got to know Sonny Perdue when he was a farmer. “He actually grew peanuts on his farm,” Don says. “He’s a man with a heart for agriculture.” As a real farmer who understands peanuts, Perdue … Read More

Informed Ag and Ag Leader

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Helping farmers make informed decisions about their crops is the goal of Informed Ag, an Ag Leader dealer based in Auburn, Alabama. Lead engineer Rees Bridges brought his professional engineering career back to the farm to start a consulting business. “Peanuts in the area where I grew up (in south Georgia) were kind of the blood of life,” said Bridges. … Read More

Setting Peanut Priorities for the Farm Bill

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Every farm bill gets a little more difficult to pass with an increasingly urban Congress, which is why the peanut industry needs an advocate like Bob Redding in Washington, D.C. Redding has already been involved in early farm bill preparations, such as the first listening session held recently in Gainesville, Florida. This week he will be at the Senate Agriculture … Read More