During the evening’s events, two members were elected to serve three-year terms on the FPPA Board of Directors: Chuck Hatch of Suwannee County and Andy Robinson of Levy County. They replace the two positions vacated by Bob Barnett and Scott Robinson due to term limits.
The Farm Credit/FPPA Young Peanut Farmer Award was presented to Alex Murphy. Murphy is a native Floridian, who grew up in Hamilton County where he graduated from Jasper High School in 2011. Murphy grew 205 acres of peanuts in 2013 yielding 4,500 pounds per acre. He also grows corn and soybeans on his farm. In addition to his own farming operation, he assist his two uncles, Jimmy and Stan Murphy on their farms.
Together they have a long history of participating in various row crop variety trails on their farms. In 2013, the family won top grower for no-tillage/strip-till corn with an average yield of 310 bushels per acre.
Being a fourth generation farmer, Murphy plans to slowly expand his operation and continue to diversify his crop rotation to take advantage of markets that other commodities offer.
Murphy received a beautiful plaque and $200 from Farm Credit in recognition of being selected the 2014 Young Peanut Farmer of the Year.
The evening’s program also consisted of promotional highlights from Leslie Wagner, executive director of Southern Peanut Growers. Bob Parker, president and CEO of the National Peanut Board discussed some of the new marketing initiatives underway at the NPB.
Stanley Fletcher gave a presentation on the new farm bill and how it may impact farms for the next five years.