Peanut Leadership Academy Class XIII hosts first session

Twenty-seven peanut growers and sheller representatives from across the Southeast, Arkansas, Texas and the Virginia-Carolina area began Class XIII of the Peanut Leadership Academy Jan. 8-11, 2024, in Savannah, Georgia. The Peanut Leadership Academy is hosted by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and is a cooperative effort between Syngenta Crop Protection, the American Peanut Shellers Association and grower organizations. The program began in 1998 with the first class of 14 peanut growers from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Since then, the academy has grown to include farmers from Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and sheller representatives.

Activities in the leadership program are structured to give participants a thorough understanding of the U.S. peanut industry. Throughout the course of 18 months and five sessions, program attendees participate in sessions ranging from field trips, meetings with industry leaders and professional development training, as well as one session in Washington, D.C., where class members have an opportunity to visit with members of Congress about issues affecting the peanut industry. During this time, class members build on leadership skills, discuss and debate key industry issues and build relationships.

During the first session, the class members participated in leadership team building skills, etiquette training and learned more about the entire peanut industry while joining the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation annual meeting. Participants in PLA Class XIII include: Cutchin Anderson, Tarboro, North Carolina; Eric Bailey, Waverly, Virginia; Emmanuel Bankston with Golden Peanut; Miles Birdsong with Birdsong Peanuts; Sean Brannen, Statesboro, Georgia; August Cassebaum, Lillian, Alabama; Jay Corte, Daphne, Alabama; Riley Davis, Parrott, Georgia; Garrett Dixon, Salem, Alabama; Heath Donner, Manila, Arkansas; Trevor Dyer with Sandy Land Peanut; Henry Froese, Seagraves, Texas; Lonnie Gilbert, Marianna, Florida; Chad Harris with Olam; Judson Hornsby, Iron City, Georgia; Douglas Jarrell, Estill, South Carolina; Cason Kirkland with Premium Peanut; Will Krause, Unadilla, Georgia; Kirk Martin, Brownfield, Texas; Daniel McMillan, Enigma, Georgia; Jess McNeill, Americus, Georgia; Phillip Melvin, Altha, Florida; Travis Mixon, Dothan, Alabama; Garrett Moore, Chancellor, Alabama; Cody Robinson, Williston, Florida; Chase Trimble with Coastal Growers; and Emily Williams with the National Peanut Board.

Session two of Class XIII is scheduled for March 17-20, 2024. For more information on the Peanut Leadership Academy, contact PLA director, Jessie Bland at jessie@gapeanuts.com or visit www.southernpeanutfarmers.org.

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State Peanut Organizations Seek National Peanut Board Nominees

The Georgia Peanut Commission, Texas Peanut Producers Board and South Carolina Peanut Board are seeking eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board.

Nomination election meetings will be held to select two nominees each for member and alternate from each state to serve on the National Peanut Board. All eligible producers are encouraged to participate. Eligible producers are those who are engaged in the production and sale of peanuts and who own or share the ownership and risk of loss of the crop.

USDA requires two nominees from each state for each position of member and alternate. The National Peanut Board will submit each state’s slate of nominees to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, who makes the appointments.

The National Peanut Board encourages inclusion of persons of any race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family status. NPB encourages all persons who qualify as a peanut producer in each respective state to attend the meeting and run for nomination.

It is USDA’s policy that membership on industry-government board and committees accurately reflect the diversity of individuals served by the program.

The schedule is as follows:

The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) seeks eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. The GPC will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board at their meeting on February 7, 2024, during the GPC Research Report Day at the Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory, located on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, 2360 Rainwater Road, Tifton, Georgia.

Casey Cox Kerr of Camilla is the current Georgia National Peanut Board member and Wesley Webb of Leary serves as the alternate. The term for the current Georgia board member and alternate expires Dec. 31, 2024.

The South Carolina Peanut Board (SCPB) seeks eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. The South Carolina Peanut Board will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board during a meeting on March 13th, 2024 at 4 PM at the Buddy Jennings Building at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia.

Neal Baxley of Marion is the current South Carolina National Peanut Board member and Doug Jarrell of Estill serves as the alternate. The term for the current South Carolina board member and alternate expires Dec. 31, 2024.

The Texas Peanut Producers Board (TPPB) seeks eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. The TPPB will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board on March 20, 2024, at 9:00 AM CST at the Hilton Southlake Towne Square Hotel, 1400 Plaza Place, Southlake, Texas.

Jeff Roper of Lubbock is the current Texas National Peanut Board Member, and Mason Becker of Brownfield serves as the alternate. The term for the current Texas board member and alternate expires December 31, 2024.

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Jan/Feb 2024 – Southeastern Peanut Farmer

The Jan/Feb 2024 issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available online.
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This issue features:

  • 16 on the Rocks Leads to 63 Years
  • 2024 Peanut Variety Guidebook
  • Farm to Table Peanut Harvest Tour
  • USDA Irrigation and Water Management Survey
  • National Peanut Board Officers Elected
  • Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show
  • Check off reports from the state grower organizations
  • Legislative Update
  • Southern Peanut Growers Update
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U.S. Congress Passes Stop-Gap Funding Bill: Includes Farm Bill Extension

Nov. 17, 2023, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate voted this week to approve a short-term funding bill, avoiding a November 17 government shutdown. The funding legislation, which was proposed by Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA), funds the government by setting up two deadlines. The first January 19th deadline covers agencies under four appropriations bills: Agriculture-FDA, Energy and Water, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD. The other eight appropriations bills are extended to a February 2nd deadline.

In addition to extending funding and setting up deadlines for appropriations, the legislation includes a 1-year extension of Farm Bill programs at the same levels authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation also includes funding for a number of “orphan programs” which are small-ticket programs that had expired funding at the end of Fiscal Year 2023.

Although this legislation extends the Farm Bill through September 30, 2024, lawmakers are hopeful that the 2023 Farm Bill will be passed ahead of that deadline. U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement alongside U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Ranking Member David Scott (D-GA):

“As negotiations on funding the government progress, we were able to come together to avoid a lapse in funding for critical agricultural programs and provide certainty to producers. This extension is in no way a substitute for passing a 5-year Farm Bill and we remain committed to working together to get it done next year.”

The funding bill passed 336-95 in the U.S. House of Representatives and 87-11 in the U.S. Senate. It now goes to President Biden’s desk for signature ahead of the November 17 government shutdown deadline.

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The United States Peanut Federation (USPF) is comprised of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, the American Peanut Shellers Association, and the National Peanut Buying Points Association. USPF serves as a unified voice in Washington, D.C. for all sectors of the peanut industry and advocates for strong agricultural policy.

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Nominations open for 2024 Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award

GPClogo300dpiRGBNominations are now open for the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer. The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, in Tifton, Ga. The award is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and BASF.basf

The Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award is based upon the applicant’s overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership, civic, church, and community service activities.

“We have so many young peanut farmers making a difference in their communities, and I consider this awards program a great opportunity to recognize one young peanut farmer for their contributions to the agricultural industry,” says Joe Boddiford, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission.

The award is open for any active Georgia peanut farmer who is not over 45 years of age, as of Jan. 18, 2024. An individual may receive the award only once. There is no limit on the number of applicants from each county in Georgia.

“BASF is honored to be a sponsor of the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award,” says Dan Watts, district manager of BASF Crop Protection Products. “We are committed to agriculture and bringing innovative solutions to producers that will allow them to continue to be successful.”

Applications are due to the GPC office by Friday, Dec. 1, 2023. The award application is available online at the GPC Web site, www.gapeanuts.com or by contacting Joy Crosby at 229-386-3690 or joycrosby@gapeanuts.com.

The 2023 winner was Adam Curles of Camilla, Georgia. The award winner receives registration and hotel accommodations to attend the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, July 17-19, 2024, at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort, Savannah, Georgia, and a sign to display at his or her farm.

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47th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Jan. 18, 2024, in Tifton

(Oct. 25, 2024) Make plans to attend the 47th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The one-day show is free and open to all farmers and industry representatives to attend.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with nearly 100 agribusinesses and organizations in the peanut and agricultural industry. Farmers will be able to earn private and commercial pesticide applicator certification, as well as learn about cutting-edge research and developments during the University of Georgia Peanut Production Seminar and industry-wide sponsored Peanut Seed Seminar.

Farm Show chairman Rodney Dawson is looking forward to the 2024 show.

“I encourage farmers to attend this one-day show in Tifton,” Dawson says. “The knowledge they will gain from industry representatives and seminars is an investment in the future of their farm.”

The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with OneBlood, will host a blood drive from     9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. At the close of Thursday, there will be nearly $10,000 in door prizes presented to farmers, as well as a Grand Door Prize, vendor products, certificates and equipment.

For more information on the show, contact the Georgia Peanut Commission office at 229-386-3470 or visit www.gapeanuts.com.

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USPF Participates in Washington, D.C. Event for Worldwide Hunger

(Oct. 20, 2023 – WASHINGTON, D.C.) United States Peanut Federation (USPF) Chairman Jamie Brown travelled to Washington, D.C. this week to attend meetings and events centered around worldwide hunger and peanut nutrition initiatives. The U.S. Peanut Federation partnered with other global hunger advocacy groups to host a reception for congressional members and staff in the U.S. House Agriculture Committee hearing room on peanuts and the role they play in addressing global hunger. The event was co-sponsored by Golden Peanut.

U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08) made remarks at the reception on the United States’ role in international food aid and the importance of peanuts as a key component of Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food. Also in attendance was Mark Moore, Co-Founder and CEO of MANA Nutrition. MANA Nutrition, which operates out of Fitzgerald, GA, manufactures a Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) composed of peanut paste, milk, and a mix of vitamins and minerals that is used to treat children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

In his comments at the reception, USPF Chairman Jamie Brown reaffirmed the peanut industry’s commitment to helping address global hunger. Peanuts are one of the cheapest sources of proteins and are high in fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Peanuts have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, help manage diabetes, and even increase cognitive function.

The U.S. Peanut Federation recently signed a letter with other commodity and nutrition groups advocating for the inclusion of Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in new international food assistance.

According to the letter, “Nearly 45 million children – those most vulnerable to food insecurity – suffer from acute malnutrition, known as “wasting”. Through Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), over 95% of wasted children can recover, yet only 25% of children have historically had access to treatment. Thanks to leadership from USAID and Congress last year, over $580 million was mobilized to provide a one-time increase to RUTF procurement, which has doubled the number of children being treated. However, without sustained funding, RUTF treatment will return to previous levels of 1 in 4 children receiving the care they need.”

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The United States Peanut Federation (USPF) is comprised of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, the American Peanut Shellers Association, and the National Peanut Buying Points Association. USPF serves as a unified voice in Washington, D.C. for all sectors of the peanut industry and advocates actively for strong agricultural policy.

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Oct/Nov 2023 – Southeastern Peanut Farmer

The Oct/Nov 2023 issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available online.
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This issue features:

  • A Home Run with Cover Crops
  • The Big Peanut Restored
  • Southern Peanut Growers Conference In Review
  • Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Jan. 18, 2024
  • 2023 Georgia Peanut Tour showcases peanut belt
  • Georgia Peanut Achievement Club
  • Check off reports from the state grower organizations
  • Legislative Update
  • Southern Peanut Growers Update
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Georgia Farmers Recognized for 2022 High Yields

Seventeen farmers were recently announced by the University of Georgia Peanut Team for their high yielding peanuts in 2022. The high yields ranged from 4,781 to 6,493 pounds per acre.

The winners were recognized at a dinner in August which was sponsored by the University of Georgia Peanut Team, the Georgia Peanut Commission, American Peanut Shellers Association, National Peanut Buying Points Association, AMVAC, Bayer, BASF and Nichino America.

Many of the high yielding farmers agree that having a good rotation, good quality seed and good weather make all the difference with their yields. Additionally, the timing of applications for disease, weed and insect management are key in achieving high yields.

“Many of the state winners combine their management practices of crop rotation and critical timing of applications to reach these high yields,” says Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Extension peanut agronomist. “The yields are counted for the entire farm, irrigated or dryland; and they continue to increase year after year.”

Another component of the farmers’ success is following recommendations from the Extension service and asking questions.

According to a report on the production practices of the 2022 winners, the majority use a 3-year rotation plan with other crops such as cotton or corn. Most of the winners plant in twin rows during the month of May.

Another trait among the high yield winners is cultivar selection with many of the winners planting the Georgia-06G cultivar. Other cultivars planted by the winners include TifNV-High O/L and Georgia-12Y.

The 2022 Georgia Peanut Achievement Club overall state winners are Brandon DeWitt, Brooks County, with 6,493 pounds per acre in the 100-299 acreage category; Mike Newberry, Early County, with 6,418 pounds per acre in the 100-299 acreage category; Kerry and Lisa Hodges, Screven County, with 5,754 pounds per acre in the 300-699 acreage category and 4 Miller Farms, Seminole County, with 6,293 pounds per acre in the 700-plus acreage category.

The District 1 winners are Wes Gaston, Sumter County, with 5,133 pounds per acre in the 100-299 category; Jerry Jones, Webster County, with 5,019 pounds per acre in the 100-299 acreage category and Trey Jones, Webster County, with 4,718 pounds per acre in the 300-699 acreage category.

The District 2 winners are Adam Tabb, Miller County, with 6,119 pounds per acre in the 100-299 acreage category; John Gaines Jr., Baker County, with 6,089 pounds per acre in the 100-299 acreage category and Judson Hornsby, Seminole County, with 5,840 pounds per acre in the 700-plus acreage category.

The District 3 winners are Larry Ray Walker, Ben Hill County, with 5,957 pounds per acre in the 100-299 acreage category; Buckhead Creek Farms, Jenkins County, with 5,372 pounds per acre in the 300-699 acreage category; David Selph, Wilcox County, with 5,400 pounds per acre in the 300-699 acreage category and Charles Smith Jr., Jefferson County, with 5,827 pounds per acre in the 700-plus acreage category.

The District 4 winners are Chase Farms, Macon County, with 5,275 pounds per acre in the 100-299 acreage category; Hulin Reeves Jr., Irwin County, with 5,603 pounds per acre in the 300-699 acreage category and Nellwood Farms, Bulloch County, with 5,349 pounds per acre in the 700-plus category.

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Cotton/Peanut Research Field Day set for Sept. 6, 2023, in Tifton, Georgia

2017_ugacottonpnutfieldday_63s_webThe Georgia Cotton Commission, Georgia Peanut Commission and the University of Georgia Extension Cotton and Peanut Teams, will co-sponsor a joint research field day on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, in Tifton, Georgia.

The field day will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Tifton Campus Conference Center (TCCC) in the North Parking Lot. After a brief welcome, field day attendees will visit the RDC Pivot and the UGA Lang Farm to tour several trials and hear from speakers. Attendees will return to the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center for lunch and a short program. The field day is a free event, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP to Ashley Golden at ashley.golden@uga.edu or calling 229-386-3366 to provide an accurate count for lunch.

The purpose of the tour is to showcase current research, which is funded by the respective commissions, in plot-side presentations by the researchers. The sponsors’ goal is to provide an educational environment for cotton and peanut farmers and give them the opportunity to pose questions directly to the researchers and to express opinions and concerns pertinent to the production of their crops.

Chairmen of the cotton and peanut commissions, Bart Davis and Joe Boddiford, respectively, agree this event gives farmers the distinct opportunity to interact with the leadership of each commission, other farmers and industry representatives. It is an excellent place for farmers to observe, first-hand, the research programs funded by their checkoff investments.

To view an agenda, visit www.georgiacottoncommission.org or www.gapeanuts.com.

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