Feeding the Hungry with Peanuts

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The potential for the peanut-based product known as Plumpy’nut to fight global famine is tremendous, according to Jeff Johnson of Birdsong Peanut Company. “It’s revolutionized saving the lives of severely malnourished children in Africa, saving tens of thousands of lives,” Jeff says. “The demand in Africa alone could be 1.2 billion pounds.” “If the USAID devoted just ten percent of … Read More

Economy Optimism

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What goes up, must come down, and the opposite is also true when it comes to the economy. Robert Nobles with Synovus Banks had pretty positive message for peanut producers regarding the economy. “While the economy is struggling at this point, it will get better, its just going to take some time,” he says. “When using history as a guide, … Read More

Peanut Supply and Demand

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Richard Barnhill with peanut brokers Mazur and Hockman gave growers an update on the supply/demand situation for peanuts. His main message was that even though the crop is going to be big this year, there’s plenty of demand for peanuts. “We need to maintain acres about the same as we have now and the market is going to make sure … Read More

Peanuts and the World Food Crisis

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Peanut growers heard from Scott Rawlins of Makhteshim Agan of North America, better known as MANA, about the global food crisis. Rawlins talked about the current situation and what the so-called “experts” are saying – and why agricultural producers seem to be getting left out of the equation. The “no-brainer” is that we need to increase food production worldwide. “Some … Read More

USDA Undersecretary is a Peanut Lover

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USDA Undersecretary Dr. Gale Buchanan may work in Washington, DC but his heart is in the southeast. “I spent 21 years at Auburn University conducting research in peanuts and other crops,” said Buchanan. “Then went to the University of Georgia as the director of the Coastal Plain Experiment Station and dean at the college of agriculture.” He also attended the … Read More

Farm Press Peanut Profitability Winners

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Three producers from the major peanut growing regions of the country were honored Tuesday morning as the 2008 Peanut Profitability Award Winners, presented by Farm Press/Penton Media and the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation. Left to right, the winners are William McElveen of Bishopville, SC; Otis Johnson of Seminole, TX; and Mike Nugent of Willacoochie, GA. Nugent farms 330 acres in … Read More

Congress 101

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A great interactive session held on Monday at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference should be a required course for every agricultural producer in the country. Led by Cody Lyon with the American Farm Bureau and Keith Gray of Alabama Farmers Federation, several hundred peanut growers got a taste of what it is like to serve in Congress. Split into groups, … Read More

“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