Peanut Profitability Awards

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As they have done since the inception of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, Farm Press Publications presented their annual Peanut Profitability Awards at the SPGC Saturday morning breakfast. Pictured here is Farm Press publisher Greg Frey with this year’s winners – Vic Swinson of North Carolina for the Upper Southeast Region, Cornelius Enns of Texas for the Southwest Region, and … Read More

Ask the Experts Panel

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A panel of experts from around the southeastern peanut growing region entertained questions from growers on a variety of topics during the SPGC on Friday. Those experts included, in no particular order: Jay Chapin – Clemson University, David Adams – University of Georgia, Nicholas Dufault – University of Florida, Tim Brenneman – University of Georgia, Mike Howell – Mississippi State … Read More

Peanut Pickin’ Time Print is Popular

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Jack DeLoney was raised on a farm and his art reflects his Southern roots. “I paint a lot of agricultural things, peanuts and cotton,” the Alabama artist says. His new watercolor print called “Pickin’ Time” is a bit of a departure from much of his work that tends to focus on the heritage of farming in the south. “Usually they’re … Read More

Fighting For Agriculture

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The lovely and talented advocate for agriculture Michele Payn-Knoper put on the gloves to teach the peanut industry some new moves in the fight for the hearts and minds of consumers as the keynote luncheon speaker at the 2011 SPGC. Michele is a professional speaker and farmer from Indiana who “works to connect the farm gate to consumer plate through … Read More

Mississippi Still the New Kid on the Block

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The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association is still the “new kid on the block” at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, even though they have been involved since 2006. Because Malcolm Broome is the newest of the executive directors charged with planning the conference, the running joke this year was that he got blamed for anything that went wrong! Malcolm says being … Read More

Playing for More Than Peanuts

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The compassion of the southern peanut industry toward victims of this year’s devastating tornadoes was on display at the SPGC Casino Night to raise more money for Peanut Proud relief efforts. When Peanut Proud president LeaJean Manry showed a video of the tornado-ravaged areas where they have helped out this year, there was hardly a dry eye in the house. … Read More

USDA Official Talks Trade at Peanut Meeting

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Increasing global demand for food will keep world agricultural trade on the forefront for U.S. producers well into the foreseeable future. “You’re talking about farmers getting anywhere from 25% to 33% of their income from products being sold overseas,” said USDA Global Analysis and Policy Division Deputy Director Daniel Whitley in an interview with Randall Weiseman of Southeast AgNet after … Read More

Kelley Manufacturing CEO Receives Valor Award

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E. Lanier Carson (right), CEO of Kelley Manufacturing Company (KMC), received this year’s Valor Award at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference from Valent’s John Altom. Presenting the award, John noted that since Lanier started working with KMC in 1972 as a production engineer, he has seen many changes to the equipment used to harvest peanuts. “His first experience with peanuts … Read More

MANA From Peanuts

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Kind of like the Israelites received manna from heaven to keep them from starving in the desert, malnourished children in the world are getting needed nutrition through MANA from peanuts. Mark Moore, CEO of MANA Nutrition explained how at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference. “MANA stands for Mother Administered Nutritive Aid and our vision is that we can put this … Read More

Support Needed for Land Grant Universities

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The deans of the agriculture colleges for the major land grant universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi all attended the 2011 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Friday to deliver the same message – funding for agricultural research is down at a time when it is needed more than ever before. Pictured here, from left to right, Dr. George Hopper with … Read More