April 2022 – Southeastern Peanut Farmer

The April 2022 issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available online.
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april2022_coverThis issue features:

  • Sustainable U.S. Peanuts Initiative Launches
  • 2022 Peanut Disease and Insect Guidebook
  • Coastal Growers Hold Ribbon Cutting
  • Peanut Leadership Academy Class XII Hosts Second Session
  • Georgia Peanuts Back NASCAR Driver Todd Gilliland
  • 46th Annual Florida Peanut Meeting
  • Peanut Farmers Donate Peanut Butter to Capital Area Food Bank
  • Check off reports from the state grower organizations
  • Legislative Update
  • Southern Peanut Growers Update
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Georgia Peanut Farmers Donate Over 10,000 Jars of Peanut Butter to Capital Area Food Bank During USPF Washington, D.C. Fly-In

IMG_5057WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2022) — The United States Peanut Federation (USPF) combined advocacy with service during their Spring 2022 Washington D.C. Fly-in. The Georgia Peanut Commission in conjunction with USPF proudly partnered with Peanut Proud, the peanut industry’s humanitarian relief organization, to donate 10,080 jars of peanut butter to serve the Nation’s Capital and surrounding area. The delivery of this donation was made possible by SouthernAG Carriers who graciously donated their truck carrier service to transport the peanut butter.

The United States Peanut Federation (USPF) members were joined on site at the Capital Area Food Bank warehouse by U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop of Georgia. Congressman Bishop is the Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies and is a champion of the peanut industry. “Peanut butter is nutrition packed, versatile, inexpensive, easy to store and is a convenient source of protein and heart-healthy fats,” said Congressman Bishop. “It helps reduce insulin resistance and is a good source of fiber. On top of that, it’s good!”

“The peanut butter we’re donating can be used to make more than 141,000 sandwiches,” said USPF Chairman Joe Boddiford. “Peanut butter is one of the most requested food items at food banks due to its long shelf life. We are grateful to partner with Peanut Proud and the Capital Area Food Bank to ensure that those affected by food insecurity can have access to safe, nutritional food, and delicious peanut butter.”

Molly McGlinchy, Senior Director for Procurement and Direct Programs at the Capital Area Food Bank, expressed appreciation to the peanut industry representatives in attendance. “We are so thankful to be able to supply this to the children and families we serve.”  The food bank works to address hunger today and create brighter futures tomorrow for the half a million neighbors across the region experiencing food insecurity. As the anchor in the area’s hunger relief infrastructure, they provide over 45 million meals to people in need each year by supplying food to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. They also work in partnership with organizations across the region to address hunger’s root causes by pairing food with other critical services. For additional information, visit the Capital Area Food Bank website at www.capitalareafoodbank.org.

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. For additional information, contact Bob Redding at (202) 543-7464 or by emailing rlredding@reddingfirm.com.
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March 2022 – Southeastern Peanut Farmer

The March 2022 issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available online.
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march_2022_coverThis issue features:

  • Innovator and Leader – Armond Morris has dedicated more than 40 years to the peanut industry
  • 2022 Peanut Weed Guidebook
  • Farmer Innovation – Helms develops quick attach system for strip-till planting
  • New Data Confirms Peanuts are More Water Efficient Than Ever
  • Special Review of the 2022 Georgia Peanut Farm Show & Conference
  • Check off reports from the state grower organizations
  • Legislative Update
  • Southern Peanut Growers Update
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January/February 2022 – Southeastern Peanut Farmer

The January/February 2022 issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available online.
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janfeb_2022_newdesign.inddThis issue features:

  • In it for the Long Haul – St. Elmo Harrison looks forward to his 71st peanut crop
  • 2022 Peanut Variety Guidebook
  • 100 Years of Research – North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy celebrates 100 years of research
  • Nutrient Management
  • Peanut Leadership Academy Class XII Begins
  • ALFA Celebrates 100 Years
  • Check off reports from the state grower organizations
  • Legislative Update
  • Southern Peanut Growers Update
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October/November 2021 – Southeastern Peanut Farmer

The October/November 2021 issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available online.
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octnov_2021.inddThis issue features:

  • Quail Forever recognizes Davis Family Farm as 2021 Precision Farmer of the Year
  • Georgia Peanut Commission and GPB Education launches Georgia Peanuts Virtual Learning Journey
  • Alabama Harvest Tour
  • Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Jan. 19-20
  • Georgia Peanut Achievement Club Announces High Yield Farmers
  • Georgia Peanut Restaurant Week
  • Review of the 22nd Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference
  • Check off reports from the state grower organizations
  • Legislative Update
  • Southern Peanut Growers Update
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Higher Loan Limit Now Available for USDA Guaranteed Farm Loans

USDA Extends Disaster Set-Aside for Direct Loans Until 2022

usdalogoinpnutfieldWASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing a higher loan limit will be available for borrowers seeking a guaranteed farm loan starting Oct. 1, 2021, from $1.776 million to $1.825 million.

“Farm loans are critical for our customers’ annual operating and family living expenses, emergency needs, and cash flow,” FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said. “Raising the guaranteed loan limit will allow FSA to better meet the financial needs of producers as natural disasters and the pandemic continue to impact their operations.”

FSA farm loans offer access to funding for a wide range of producer needs, from securing land to financing the purchase of equipment. Guaranteed loans are financed and serviced by commercial lenders. FSA provides up to a 95% guarantee against possible financial loss of principal and interest. Guaranteed loans can be used for both farm ownership and operating purposes.

In fiscal year 2021, FSA saw continued strong demand for guaranteed loans. FSA obligated more than $3.4 billion in guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans. This includes nearly $1.2 billion for beginning farmers. The number of guaranteed borrowers has grown by 10% to more than 38,750 farmers and ranchers over the last decade. FSA expects the increasing demand for farm loans to continue into fiscal year 2022.

Disaster Set-Aside Extension

USDA has additional support available to producers given the recent outbreaks of the COVID-19 Delta variant and has extended the availability of COVID-19 Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) for installments due through Jan. 31, 2022. In addition, FSA will permit a second DSA for COVID-19 and a second DSA for natural disasters for those who had an initial COVID-19 DSA. Requests for a COVID-19 DSA or a second DSA must be received no later than May 1, 2022.

Last year, FSA broadened the use of the DSA. Normally used in the wake of natural disasters, the DSA can now allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19 and determined to be eligible, to have their next payment set aside. The set-aside payment’s due date is moved to the final maturity date of the loan or extended up to twelve months in the case of an annual operating loan. Any principal set-aside will continue to accrue interest until it is repaid. This will improve the borrower’s cashflow in the current production cycle.

More Information

Producers can explore available options on all FSA loan options at fsa.usda.gov or by contacting their local USDA Service Center. Service Center staff continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email and other digital tools. Because of the pandemic, some USDA Service Centers are open to limited visitors. Contact your Service Center to set up an in-person or phone appointment. Additionally, more information related to USDA’s response and relief for producers can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

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USDA Announces 2021 Loan Rates for Crop Peanuts

USDAWASHINGTON, July 30, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced 2021 crop loan rates for four types of peanuts. The rates take effect August 1, 2021, the beginning of the peanut crop year.

Eligible producers can obtain peanut loans through their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices or alternative delivery partners, such as Designated Marketing Associations (DMA) and Cooperative Marketing Associations (CMA). These loans provide producers with interim financing on their production and facilitate the orderly distribution of loan-eligible peanuts throughout the year.

The 2018 Farm Bill established the national loan rate for peanuts at $355 per ton. USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) calculated the price support levels for each peanut type using the same method as last year. The 2021 Crop Peanut Loan Rate was calculated using the national loan rate and five-year average quality factors, along with a three-year simple average weighted production.  For an average grade ton of 2021 crop peanuts, loan levels by type are:

Runner-type peanuts $354.89 per ton
Spanish-type peanuts $343.05 per ton
Valencia-type peanuts $357.70 per ton
Virginia-type peanuts $357.70 per ton

CCC applies premiums and discounts for quality factors to compute the loan value for an individual ton of peanuts. The actual loan level depends on the percent of various sizes of kernels in each ton. CCC uses the percentage of sound mature kernels (SMK) and sound splits to compute the basic loan value of the load. SMKs are whole kernels that pass over the testing screen officially designated for each type of peanut. Sound splits are whole kernels split into two pieces. Excess sound splits receive discounts. There are discounts for other kernels, damaged kernels and foreign materials. An additional discount occurs for loose shell kernels. Other quality discounts also may apply.

For each percent of SMK in a ton of peanuts, plus each percent of sound splits, the loan levels are:

Runner-type peanuts $4.812 per percent
Spanish-type peanuts $4.788 per percent
Valencia-type peanuts $5.393 per percent
Virginia-type peanuts $4.908 per percent

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

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July/August 2021 – Southeastern Peanut Farmer

The July/August 2021 issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available online.
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sepf_julyaug2021_coverThis issue features:

  • Peanuts in the Big Easy – Peanut Leadership Academy graduates Class XI
  • Upcoming Peanut Field Days
  • 2021 Georgia Peanut Tour set for Tifton area
  • Harvest Guidebook
  • Check off reports from the state grower organizations
  • Legislative Update
  • Southern Peanut Growers Update
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May/June 2021 – Southeastern Peanut Farmer

The May/June 2021 issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available online.
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sepf_mayjune2021_cvrThis issue features:

  • Peanut Allergy Treatment Provides Parents Hope
  • 22nd Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference set for July 15-17
  • 2021 Irrigation Guidebook
  • Check off reports from the state grower organizations
  • Legislative Update
  • Southern Peanut Growers Update
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Peanut Farmer Antitrust Settlements

Recently, some farmers may have received an email or letter in the mail regarding an antitrust litigation notice. Do not disregard the notice! If you received the notice then check the peanut sales information listed on the letter and file your claim by July 13, 2021.

If you do not submit a valid Claim Form by the deadline, you will not receive a payment from the Settlement Fund, but you will be bound by the Court’s judgment in these actions.

The notice was sent to farmers or entities who sold raw, harvested runner peanuts in the U.S. to Birdsong Peanuts, Golden Peanut or Olam Peanut Shelling Company from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2019. The full notice regarding the proposed settlement is available at www.PeanutFarmersAntitrustLitigation.com.

Continue to check the website to be kept informed about any future developments. If you believe you are a member of the Class, you are urged to obtain a copy of the Notice, which explains your rights regarding the settlements and related matter. The Notice is available at www.PeanutFarmersAntitrustLitigation.com.

If you have any questions concerning this litigation, you may contact the Settlement Administrator at (844) 754-7469 and Info@PeanutFarmersAntitrustLitigation.com.

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