Farm Bill Fight Over Base Acres Expected

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The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recently voted to request that Congress require a mandatory base acre update in the upcoming farm bill reauthorization, a proposal which is causing a lot of concern both in Washington DC and around the countryside. “This was new, certainly surprising to us and a lot of other commodities,” said Bob Redding, during his annual … Read More

Thanks to all the SPGC Sponsors

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The Southern Peanut Growers Conference is able to offer such a great program because of the amazing sponsors who make it possible. Once again, FMC sponsored the family entertainment Friday night for all the mateys on the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise. All the kids loved singing pirate songs, swabbing the deck, having sword fights, and finding treasures. FMC is one of … Read More

Strengths of Precision Agriculture for Peanuts

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Dr. Simer Virk, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension precision agriculture specialist, has been working on precision agriculture applications in peanuts for the past five years and he told the Southern Peanut Growers Conference that he sees a lot of promise in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance peanut production. “Artificial intelligence in agriculture is already picking up,” said … Read More

Farm Press 2023 Peanut Efficiency Award Winners

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Once again this year, the Farm Press 2023 Peanut Efficiency Award winners were honored at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference. The winner from the Lower Southeast states was Ryan Jenkins of Jay, Florida who farms 2,000 non-irrigated acres of peanuts, cotton, soybeans, corn, wheat and oats. Jenkins encouraged all peanut farmers to participate in the award program, if only for … Read More

Nuseed Carinata Offers Option for Peanut Farmers

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Nuseed Carinata was one of this year’s exhibitors at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, offering peanut growers an opportunity to plant a cover crop that provides extra income. “Our crop is rotated in with peanuts,” said Michelle Howard, Carinata commercial program manager. “You can plant carinata in the early November to mid November time frame and then harvest in April … Read More

Exploring the Future of Non-food Uses of Peanuts

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Finding new uses for peanuts is becoming a priority for the industry and Dr. Marshall Lamb, USDA-ARS National Peanut Research Lab, says a recent symposium explored some of the possibilities, such as high-oleic peanuts. “Scientists are proving that we can add high oleic peanuts into the diets of poultry and actually see the benefits in the final product to the … Read More

Valor Award Goes to Lewis Carter Jr.

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Everyone in the peanut business knows LMC Manufacturing, since about 95 percent of the industry uses machinery built by the legendary company started in 1941 by Lewis Carter Jr.’s grandfather. This year, Carter received the Valor award, sponsored by Valent, for the contributions LMC has made to the peanut industry. “We look for that winner to be somebody that’s made … Read More

Rep. Austin Scott Addresses 2023 SPGC

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With Congress on summer vacation until September 12, it’s unlikely the September 30 deadline for a new farm bill before the old one expires will be met. But, as Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) told the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, Congress still has to do something. “Every five years we write a farm bill, it’s a temporary change to permanent law … Read More

Current Situation from Southern Peanut Growers State Execs

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At the start of conference we get a chance to visit with each of the state peanut association executives. This year we have a new Executive Director at the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Libbie Johnson. Along with her are Ken Barton, Florida Peanut Producers Association, Don Koehler, Georgia Peanut Commission and Malcolm Broome, Mississippi Peanut Growers Association. Topics and issues … Read More

2023 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

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It is that time. Time for the 24th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference which will be held July 27-29, 2023 at the Sandestin Golf & 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 a … Read More