2014 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

The 16th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference was held July 24-26, 2014 at the Edgewater Beach Resort, Panama City Beach, Fla. The three-day event provided farmers an opportunity to learn more about the industry and issues affecting them while also enjoying a relaxing time at the beach. In addition to the conference sessions, the event focused on the family by offering a ladies program and a golf tournament. View photos, videos and speaker presentations below.

View Conference Photos
 Photos by Georgia Peanut Commission staff
 Photos by ZimmComm Media

View Conference Videos
 Valor Award presented to Randy Griggs
 Southern Peanut Growers Update by Leslie Wagner
 Bob Redding on the Farm Bill
 Crop Update with Growers and Extension Specialists 
 T.E. Moye reports on the Georgia Federal-State Inspection Service
 Marshall Lamb on Rotation
 Armond Morris on the Importance of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference
 2014 Peanut Profitability Award Winners

Speaker Presentations
General Session I: Peanut Markets Long-Term
By the Numbers: George Lovatt, Lovatt & Rushing
Domestic First, Then the World: Kris Lutt, Golden Peanut Company
Exports & China: Jeff Johnson, Birdsong Peanut Co.

General Session II: Causing Demand to Catch up with Research
The Private Sector: Mike Guanella, Hormel Foods
The Role of the Grower Dollars: Leslie Wagner, Southern Peanut Growers
The Health Issues: Sherry Coleman Collins, National Peanut Board

General Session III: Production Issues
Weather & Climate: Dr. Richard McNider, University of Alabama at Huntsville
Rotation, Now More Than Ever: Dr. Marshall Lamb, NPRL/ARS/USDA
Moving Genes from the Wild: Dr. David Bertoli, University of Georgia
The Direction of Research: Dr. Joe Touchton, Professor Emeritus Auburn University

General Session IV: Sustaining Farm Policy
Congressional Update: U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Arkansas – View Video
The New Peanut Program: Bob Redding, The Redding Firm – Video
Crop Insurance Update: Diane Amera, RMA Regional Office
Managing Farm Base in the New Farm Bill: Dr. Stanley Fletcher, National Center for Peanut Competitiveness