Georgia Peanut Commission reminds farmers to verify acreage history at local FSA office

The Georgia Peanut Commission is urging all farmers to take action on a recent letter received from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) asking for verification of a farm’s acreage history. Failure to review the letter and respond could potentially mean a loss of any potential funds available for farmers.

The letter, dated July 28, 2014, includes a Summary Acreage History Report, which shows the acreage of covered commodities FSA could determine for the 2014 farm serial number. The report shows the 2014 base acres and counter-cyclical (CC) yields, and for 2008-12 planted acres, the acres prevented from being planted and acres planted after failed or prevented acres (called subsequent acres). Given farm serial numbers are composed of tracts, it is imperative farmers ensure all tract information is included in the Summary Acreage History Report.

“The commission realizes this is a busy time of year for farmers in the middle of corn harvest, irrigation and preparing for peanut harvest, so we wanted to remind farmers not to forget about the short time-frame to respond,” says Armond Morris, GPC chairman. “The letter received from FSA also breaks down the farm information by serial number instead of tract number, so we encourage farmers to request FSA to provide information based on the individual tract numbers of the farm.”

If farmers notice errors on the report, they have until Sept. 25, 2014, to contact their local FSA county office where the farm is administratively located to provide verifiable documentation of their acreage. This information will be used in determining any potential base reallocation for that farm serial number later this year, as well as potentially impacting any CC yield updating.

On Feb. 7, 2014, the President signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, which provides land owners with an option to reallocate base acres and update yields for covered commodities. The reallocation of base acres and the updating of counter-cyclical yields for covered commodities are in preparation for producers to enroll in the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and/or Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Peanuts are one of 20 commodities covered. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

Earlier this summer, the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness (NCPC) officially launched the Preliminary Base Acreage and Payment Yields Decision Calculator. When USDA-FSA issues the final rules and regulations on base reallocation and yield updating, as well as temporary generic base allocation for a crop year sometime late summer/fall 2014, the calculator will be modified to reflect these changes.

The calculator is available for download on the Georgia Peanut Commission’s website, www.gapeanuts.com. For additional questions, contact Stanley Fletcher, NCPC director, at 404-277-2319 or email at smf@uga.edu.

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National Center for Peanut Competitiveness releases “Preliminary Base Acreage and Payment Yields Decision Calculator”

At the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City, Florida, the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness (NCPC) officially launched the “Preliminary Base Acreage and Payment Yields Decision Calculator.” The annual conference brings growers from across the Southeast for three days of educational sessions focusing on production, research, marketing, industry issues and legislative issues. The calculator was developed by the NCPC after reviewing the text of the 2014 Farm Bill and discussions with Congressional staff involved in the drafting of the bill, as well as the United States Department of Agriculture – Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA) personnel. When the USDA-FSA issues the final rules and regulations on base reallocation and yield updating, as well as temporary generic base allocation for a crop year sometime late summer/fall 2014, the spreadsheet will be modified to reflect these changes.

“It is imperative producers begin the process of collecting the necessary data now rather than later. With local office closings and staff cuts in USDA- FSA, local offices will be challenged in providing data on demand and working with the producers at the same level as was seen in the previous two farm bills,” says Dr. Stanley Fletcher, NCPC director. “Documents needed by the producer for this process will include the FSA-156EZ, FSA-578 from 2008-2013 and a document showing proven yields for all of the producer’s 2014 Farm Serial Numbers.”

The NCPC developed the calculator to assist producers in developing farm strategies and decisions based on their individual needs. Grower checkoff funds helped with the development of the decision calculator. For additional questions, contact Stanley Fletcher, NCPC director, at 404-277-2319 or email at smf@uga.edu.

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Download Preliminary Base Acreage and Payment Yields Decision Calculator

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2014 Georgia Peanut Tour set for September

2013_peanuttour_80webThe twenty-eighth annual Georgia Peanut Tour will be held September 16-18, 2014, and located out of East Georgia at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Pooler, Georgia. The tour brings the latest information on peanuts while giving a first-hand view of industry    infrastructure from production and handling to processing and utilization. Tour stops will be made in several peanut producing counties including Bulloch, Burke, Screven and Toombs County.

Attendees can expect to see first-hand nearly every aspect of peanut production in the state. This year’s tour hosts many exciting stops including on-farm harvest demonstrations and clinics, peanut processing facilities, and several special highlights which include research at the University of Georgia Research & Education Center in Midville, Port Authority of Georgia in Savannah,  Birdsong Ogeechee Peanut Buying Point and Vidalia Valley.

One special interest of the tour has always been the Early Bird “Hot Topics” Seminar set for Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. This year’s Hot Topics Seminar, held at the Holiday Inn and Suites, will focus on the Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL). The seminar topics include an update on the 2014 Georgia peanut crop, peanut program and market update, an overview of the USAID Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab, genomic-based breeding, technologies to improve peanut production and processing and PMIL’s experience in Haiti.

The Georgia Peanut Commission, University of Georgia-Tifton Campus and Griffin Campus, Southwest Research & Education Center, Attapulgus Research & Education Center, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service National Peanut Research Lab coordinate the tour.

Hotel accommodations can be made at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Pooler, Georgia, by calling 912-330-5100. Rooms are available at the rate of $89 for a single/double room and $109 for a suite. Visit www.georgiapeanuttour.com to register and view tour schedule. For more information, contact Hannah Jones at hannah@gapeanuts.com or call at       229-386-3470.

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July/August Southeastern Peanut Farmer

julyaugust2014sepf_webcoverThe July/August issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available for digital reading.

This issue features the:
2014 Harvest Guidebook
Eye in the sky for peanuts
Hardy Farms enters the roasting business
Check off reports from the state grower organizations
Legislative Update
Southern Peanut Growers Update

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Peanut Leadership Academy graduates Class VIII

2014_06_07_plagraduation_ptclear_77sNine peanut farmers and sheller representatives from the Southeast graduated from the Peanut Leadership Academy on June 7 at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. During the graduation weekend, graduates and their families had the opportunity to tour Baldwin County Alabama and learn about farming practices in the area, as well as visit Auburn University’s Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center in Fairhope.

The Peanut Leadership Academy is a cooperative effort between Syngenta Crop Protection, the American Peanut Shellers Association, grower organizations and agricultural extension. The program began in 1998 with the first class of 14 peanut growers from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Since then, the academy has continued to grow to include growers from Texas, Mississippi and sheller representatives.

Activities in the leadership program are structured to give participants a thorough understanding of the U.S. peanut industry. The leadership sessions range from field trips, meetings with industry leaders and professional development training. Each class has one leadership session in Washington, D.C. where class members have an opportunity to visit with their congressmen about issues affecting the peanut industry.

The Class VIII members who graduated from the Peanut Leadership Academy are: Alabama – Steven Byrd, Ariton; Florida – Alan Davis, Chipley; and Damon Griswold, Jay; Georgia – Will Ellis, Douglas; Sam Hattaway, Blakely; and Justin Jones, Leesburg; Mississippi – Daniel Parrish, Greenwood; sheller representatives – Cole McNair, Damascus Peanut Company; and Reed Rogers, Golden Peanut Company.

For more information on the Peanut Leadership Academy, contact the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association, Georgia Peanut Commission or Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.

Download Peanut Leadership Academy application for Class IX.
Applications are due Sept. 1, 2014.

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Alabama peanut growers approve referendum

appa_colorPeanut producers in Alabama have approved the continuation of a statewide peanut checkoff program with a 100 percent favorable vote for support. Under state law, the check-off program must be voted on every three years. Twenty-five polling sites were located in twenty-one counties where peanuts are produced. The Alabama Peanut Producers Association administers the check-off program.
Alabama is the second largest producer of peanuts in the United States. Georgia ranks as the top peanut growing state. APPA President, Carl Sanders, said the board appreciates the strong showing of support.
“I know the board of directors shares my appreciation,” he said. “The check-off program funds many research and educational activities that would not exist if not for the program. These programs directly impact our industry on an annual basis.”
For more information about Alabama peanuts, visit ALpeanuts.com.
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Besiege insecticide, from Syngenta, now registered for use in peanuts

Syngenta announced recently that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted additional registration approvals for the use of Besiege® insecticide on sorghum, cereal grains and peanuts. Combatting yield-robbing insects is now attainable for more growers as this proven insecticide expands its reach. With dual-action chemistries, Besiege provides protection against key lepidopteran insect pests, including soybean looper, corn earworm, armyworm, sorghum webworm and tobacco budworm, as well as damaging secondary pests like stinkbugs and sorghum midge.

“Besiege is an excellent choice for hard-to-control lepidopteran species like corn earworm,” said John Koenig, insecticide technical product lead at Syngenta. “In addition to difficult worm pests, Besiege will control important non-lepidopteran pests including kudzu bug, grasshopper, bean leaf and Japanese beetle, and soybean aphid.”

In addition to long-lasting insect control, Besiege provides added convenience for growers. Available as a premix formulation, Besiege offers robust rates and performance, while also eliminating the need for a tank mix. An insecticide with multiple benefits, Besiege provides residual coverage that targets destructive insect pests and enables sorghum, cereal grains, peanuts and various other crops to yield strong.

For more information about Besiege insecticide, visit the Besiege product page. Join the conversation – connect with us at social.SyngentaUS.com.

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Ditch the Rule: Stop EPA from Controlling Our Land and Water

On April 21, 2014, the EPA and the Corps of Engineers released their long-awaited proposed rule to expand the Clean Water Act. This proposed rule is an effort by EPA and the Corps to go around the will of Congress and ignore Supreme Court decisions that have limited federal authority.  If this rule is finalized, essentially any area where any water flows at any time – even if just for a brief period – will be subject to federal regulation.

WE NEED EVERYONE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS TO EPA

Please take a moment to send a message to EPA, letting them know that this rule is unacceptable. Explain the harmful impacts of the rule, and how it would affect you as a landowner.

EPA is accepting comments on this proposed rule now, and the deadline to submit those comments is July 21, 2014. Comment now

Additional Information:
To read more about Georgia Farm Bureau’s stance on this proposed rule, see this article from the Spring 2014 Issue of our Georgia Neighbors magazine.

To read the proposed rule, please click here.

American Farm Bureau has created this Waters Of The U.S. Toolkit, which provides background on the proposed rule and how things reached this point. For further information, visit American Farm Bureau’s Ditch The Rule website.

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USDA Publishes Census of Agriculture State and County Profiles

WHAT_Draft09WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released new 2012 Census of Agriculture profiles for all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and more than 3,000 counties in the nation. The Census, which is conducted only once every 5 years, is the only time that NASS gathers and makes available agriculture data down to the county level for all U.S. counties.

“The state and county profiles provide snapshots of agriculture by highlighting key data from the recently released 2012 Census of Agriculture,” said NASS Administrator Joseph T. Reilly. “Census information is heavily relied on at the local level and is an excellent resource for anyone searching for data about farmers and agriculture production in their community.”

A variety of data points are included in the profiles to provide a general picture of agriculture in each state and county. Among the information is:

  • Number of farms, land in farms, average size of farm
  • Market value of products sold, average per farm
  • Crop sales, livestock sales
  • Government payments, average per farm receiving payments
  • Market value of agricultural products sold
  • Value of sales by commodity
  • Top crop and livestock items
  • Economic characteristics
  • Operator characteristics

The state and county profiles are the first in a series of products NASS will publish following the May 2 release of the 2012 Census of Agriculture results. NASS will release new tools throughout the year to highlight the more than 6 million data points captured in the agriculture census.

“NASS is committed to providing timely, accurate and useful statistics and part of that is making data as accessible as possible, including more online resources from the Census of Agriculture than ever before,” said Reilly. “Next up this summer are the 2012 Congressional District Profiles and Rankings, which will provide insight into agriculture of particular interest to advocates and policymakers.”

For access to the 2012 Census of Agriculture State and County Profiles and all the other Census data and tools, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

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May/June 2014 Digital Issue

sepf_mayjune2014_web-1The May/June issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available for digital reading.

This issue features the:
2014 Irrigation Guidebook
Peanut Genome Sequences Released
Check off reports from the state grower organizations
Legislative Update
Southern Peanut Growers Update

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