2018 Valor Award Goes To J. Frank McGill

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J. Frank McGill was chosen as this year’s Valor Award winner, sponsored by Valent. Known as “Mr. Peanut,” Dr. McGill served as president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society; chairman of the University of Georgia Agronomists, the U.S. Task Force on Peanut Policy and the U.S. Peanut Improvement Working Group. He was technical advisor to the Georgia Peanut … Read More

The 20th Anniversary Conference is Underway

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Yesterday the cake was cut (see video below) and this year’s Conference is officially underway. Families started rolling in as registration got started here at Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, FL. As always, we started the conference by interviewing each of the state executive directors about current issues, including the farm bill, trade and the state of this year’s crop. … Read More

House Ag Chairman Addresses #2016SPGC

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Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) addressed the 2016 Southern Peanut Growers Conference, stressing the importance of preparing now for the 2018 Farm Bill. “My goal is, as is the goal of every ag chairman, is to get it done before the current one expires, not have to have short term extensions and all the drama that goes along with that, said … Read More

Florida Congressman Advocates for Agriculture

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Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) is serving his second term as representative of North Central Florida’s 3rd Congressional district which encompasses 13 counties, including two of the largest peanut growing areas of the state – Lafayette and Suwanee counties. “It’s the best district in Florida,” said Yoho after making remarks to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference. “It’s a large, rural, agricultural … Read More

The Akins Rock SPGC Prayer Breakfast

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2015 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album Our God is an awesome God and this band is an awesome band! The Akins are a father, his three sons, and the drummer who kind of married into the family, whose faith and family values shape everything they do. To borrow a phrase from a certain talk show host, these guys truly … Read More

Serious Thoughts from a Funny Guy

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Damian Mason is a seriously funny guy. Known as “Agriculture’s Professional Funny Man,” Damian combines his sharp wit and intelligent humor with the two topics he knows best: agriculture and business. “I’m a farm boy and a farm owner, I have an agricultural economics degree, raised on a dairy farm,” he said in an interview after his luncheon presentation at … Read More

Arkansas Congressman at SPGC

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In keeping with a fine tradition of bringing outstanding farm state lawmakers to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, this year we were honored to hear from Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas, a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Crawford talked about the struggles in getting a farm bill finally passed this year and his belief that it should be called … Read More

Sustaining Farm Policy for Peanuts

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A policy update on the farm bill, or lack of one, was given by Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and peanut industry lobbyist Bob Redding (left) during the final session of the 2013 SPGC. Rep. Conaway, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, says there has been no shortage of controversy in this farm bill. “Convention wisdom was that you needed … Read More

Atlanta Rhythm Section Rocks SPGC

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Playing their hits like “So Into You,” “Champagne Jam,” “Imaginary Lover,” and “Doraville,” the Atlanta Rhythm Section rocked the final night of the 14th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference. The final night was sponsored, as always, by Syngenta and was so enjoyable that Congressman Frank Lucas and his wife stayed until the very end. Syngenta’s Lyle Stewart, pictured here with … Read More

Chairman Lucas Speaks to Peanut Growers

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At a very critical time during the process of getting a new farm bill passed, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee came and spoke to peanut producers attending the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City Beach. Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK) went through the process of how his committee worked to mark up a farm bill, technically called the … Read More