Peanut Profitability Partner

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Dr. Marshall Lamb with the USDA-ARS National Peanut Research Lab has been a fixture at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference for every one of the 15 years of its existence and a partner in the annual Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards for nearly as long. This year he was honored by Farm Press for his commitment with the first ever … Read More

Precision Adds Sustainability to Peanut Farming

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One of the greatest advancements in farming sustainability over the past decade or so has come from the use of precision technology. “One of the biggest things we can offer them is guidance,” said Ag Leader Technology southeast territory representative Kyle Snodgrass. “They are able to actually figure out where the peanuts are going in the ground and where they’re … Read More

The Green Side of MARS

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In 1947, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. made a commitment to building the business that his father started by creating a “mutuality of benefits” for all stakeholders. Still family- owned after a century, Mars, Inc. continues to build on its five core principals of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom that include a growing commitment to sustainable sourcing of agricultural commodity … Read More

The Human Side of Sustainability

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There are many aspects to sustainability and one of the most important probably gets the least attention – that is the human side of sustainability. Peanut Proud is an organized way of “giving back” for the industry that has been assisting with natural disaster relief efforts since 2009, most recently with the tornadoes in Oklahoma this year. “We delivered 11,520 … Read More

Chastains Receive Valor Award

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This year’s Valent Valor award for leadership in the peanut industry was presented to a team – Jack and Norma Chastain of Georgia. Once again, John Altom of Valent had the pleasure of presenting this industry honor. John noted that Jack and Norma have “made a life mission of integrity and service” to their community and the industry. They met … Read More

Farmer Comedian Jerry Carroll Works for Peanuts

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Spending 14 hours a day in a tractor cab growing up in North Carolina gave Jerry Carroll plenty of time to think about his dream of making people laugh. Now, when he’s not back home on the family farm, he harvests a bumper crop of laughs as a corporate comedian. “I’m first and foremost a farmer who happens to be … Read More

The Fabulous Four States of SPGC

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Getting off to a great start here at the 15th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference I met up with all four of the state executives for the associations involved in the event as soon as I arrived on the scene at Panama City Beach. Left to right, the fabulous four are Randy Griggs with Alabama Peanut Producers; Ken Barton with … Read More

Making Sustainability Work (and Play) at SPGC 13

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2013 marks the 15th year for the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and the agenda this year is once again chock full of opportunities to learn more about the latest products and equipment, what’s going on in Washington, and how marketing and research is making the peanut industry better, more sustainable and more profitable than ever. All that and still lots … Read More