Georgia Peanut Commission holds Research Report Day

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Mark Abney, University of Georgia Extension peanut entomologist, discusses the results of his research projects funded by GPC in 2017.

The Georgia Peanut Commission held the annual Research Report Day, Feb. 7, 2018, at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL), located on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. The event provided growers and industry representatives an opportunity to hear the latest reports and newest information available on peanut research projects funded by GPC in 2017.

“The commission works to wisely invest peanut farmers’ dollars into research projects across Georgia in an effort to reduce production input costs and improve agronomic techniques,” says Donald Chase, GPC Research Committee chairman. “Although some of the findings are preliminary, the projects are exciting and many times new recommendations or observations are announced.”

The GPC, on behalf of Georgia’s 3,400 peanut farmers, awarded $523,496 to peanut research facilities in the state during 2017. This effort funds 32 research projects from the University of Georgia and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

The Georgia Peanut Commission’s research programs primarily focus on peanut breeding for higher yield and improved quality; economics; conservation methods; irrigation and water management; pests, weed and disease management; and peanut allergy research.
Research reports are available online at www.gapeanuts.com.

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Morris elected chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission

Armond Morris

Armond Morris

Armond Morris, peanut farmer from Tifton, Georgia, was elected chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission during the monthly board meeting in February.

“I look forward to serving Georgia’s peanut growers as chairman in 2018. It is a pleasure to serve peanut producers in the state of Georgia and the commission is continually working to serve all peanut farmers in the state through research, promotion and education,” Morris says. “This is a critical time for Georgia agriculture and peanut producers. As farm income has declined, the next farm bill will be even more important to our peanut producers and family farmers.”

Other officers elected during the board meeting include Joe Boddiford, Sylvania, Georgia, as vice chairman and Rodney Dawson, Hawkinsville, Georgia, as treasurer.

Board members Tim Burch, Newton, Georgia, and Donald Chase, Oglethorpe, Georgia, represent District 1 and District 5, respectively.

Burch and Boddiford were both renominated without opposition to the Georgia Peanut Commission board of  directors at nomination meetings held on Dec. 14, 2017. The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation conducted the nomination meetings for the commission’s district one and three. Now, after renomination, they will serve Georgia peanut farmers on the board for the next three years.

The peanut producing counties of Georgia are divided into five districts in which peanut farmers elect a representative to serve on the Georgia Peanut Commission board.

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Mississippi Peanut Growers holds annual meeting and trade show Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2018

Mississippi Peanut Growers Association members had the opportunity to visit with industry representatives during the MPGA annual meeting and trade show held Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2018, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. Pictured left to right: Keith Driscoll, Grand Bay, Ala., Charles Haubold, sales representative with Teva Corporation, and Bud Seward, Lucedale, Miss.

Mississippi Peanut Growers Association members had the opportunity to visit with industry representatives during the MPGA annual meeting and trade show held Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2018, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. Pictured left to right: Keith Driscoll, Grand Bay, Ala., Charles Haubold, sales representative with Teva Corporation, and Bud Seward, Lucedale, Miss.

The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association held its annual meeting and trade show Jan. 31-Feb. 1. 2018, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Throughout the course of the event, more than 175 growers and industry representatives had the opportunity to hear from peanut industry leaders, university specialists and visit with more than 35 agribusinesses during an exhibit trade show.

The annual meeting kicked off on Jan. 31 with a legislative update and status on the 2018 Farm Bill from Bob Redding of the Redding Firm in Washington, D.C. MPGA members received an update on the promotional activities and financial report of MPGA from Malcolm Broome, MPGA executive director, and Lonnie Fortner, chairman of the Mississippi Peanut Promotion Board. Members also received an update on the activities of the Southern Peanut Growers from Leslie Wagner, executive director of SPG.

The association held its annual meeting where Mississippi peanut growers elected MPGA board members. The MPGA board members elected include the following: Joe Morgan,      district one representative and president, Hattiesburg; Lonnie Fortner, district two representative and vice president, Port Gibson; Alan Atkins, district three representative, Hamilton; Patrick Martin, district four representative, Greenwood; and members at large Scott Flowers, Clarksdale; Van Hensarling, Richton; and B. Jones, Yazoo City.

During day two, attendees heard from multiple Mississippi State faculty  members and industry experts. Mike McCormick, president of Mississippi Farm Bureau, provided a policy update, while Ryan Lepicier, senior vice president of National Peanut Board, presented an overview of current NPB activities.

Mississippi State University factulty presented a report on the various research projects involving peanuts. Jason Sarver, MSU peanut agronomist, discussed production practices and variety trial research results in Mississippi. Growers also received updates on insect and disease management from Jeff Gore, MSU entomologist, and Alan Henn, MSU plant pathologist. Chad Abbott, MSU research extension associate, provided results of 2017 on-farm growth regulator in Mississippi.

Attendees also received an overview of peanut digging efficiency and effects on yield from Kendall Kirk, precision ag engineer at Clemson University, a 2018 market outlook from Marshall Lamb, director of the USDA ARS National Peanut Research Lab.

The two-day meeting concluded with door prize drawings from several businesses and organizations including Kelley Manufacturing Co. and Amadas Industries. Baylor Travis, Tchula, Mississippi, received the Grand Door Prize of one season’s use of a new KMC peanut combine and Crystal Mahalitc, Vicksburg, Mississippi, received one season’s use of a Amadas four-row or  six-row peanut inverter or certificate towards the purchase of a new Amadas self-propelled peanut combine or  pull-type peanut combine.
For more information on MPGA, visit www.misspeanuts.com.

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Perdue Unveils Farmers.gov, Interactive Website for Agricultural Producers

(Grand Rapids, MI, February 1, 2018) –U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled Farmers.gov, the new interactive one-stop website for producers maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmers.gov is now live but will have multiple features added over the coming months to allow agricultural producers to make appointments with USDA offices, file forms, and apply for USDA programs. The website, launched at a breakfast hosted by the Michigan Farm Bureau, gathers together the three agencies that comprise USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation mission area: the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency.

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“Many farmers are out in their fields using equipment that is connected to satellite and GPS technology, yet when they need to interact with USDA, they have to stop, fill out a paper form, and fax or carry it to their local office. That is a real digital divide,” Perdue said. “Our staff is friendly, and they love to see farmers in person, but they know that time is valuable. Producers are working hard to make their farms profitable, so these tools will help get the paperwork done without taking a big chunk out of the day to fill out forms.”

Farmers.gov is mobile device-friendly and can identify for farmers the most convenient USDA office locations. New functions will be added shortly, including an interactive calendar, farming success stories, an online appointment feature, digital forms, and a business data dashboard. Additionally, when the 2018 Farm Bill is signed into law, there will be plain language program descriptions and a tool to determine eligibility.

“As I’ve traveled to 32 states in my first nine months as Secretary of Agriculture, I have consistently heard people express a desire for greater use of technology in the way we deliver programs at USDA,” Perdue said. “It’s my goal to make USDA the most effective, most efficient, most customer-focused department in the entire federal government, and Farmers.gov is a big step in that direction.”

Source: USDA Press Release

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Jan/Feb 2018 Southeastern Peanut Farmer

janfebsepf2018_cvrwebThe Jan/Feb 2018 issue of the Southeastern Peanut Farmer is now available online.
Click here!

This issue features:

  • Peanut Variety Guidebook
  • Peanut Breeders of the Southeast
  • The Value of Certified Peanut Seed
  • Mapping the Genetic Code
  • Knowing Production Costs
  • Major Impacts from Minor Elements
  • Special Review of the 42nd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show
  • Check off reports from the state grower organizations
  • Legislative Update
  • Southern Peanut Growers Update
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Georgia Peanut Farm Show provides a day of education

fsconflogoMore than 1,300 attendees were able to fine-tune their farming operations with    information gained at the 42nd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Jan. 18, 2018, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The show is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission.

The one-day show offered farmers a chance to view the products and services of more than 109 exhibitors, as well as a day of education from the University of Georgia peanut production seminar and the industry seed seminar.

The Georgia Peanut Commission presented awards to individuals and businesses for their service to the peanut industry and promotion of peanuts across the United States during the 42nd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show held Jan. 18, 2018, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, Ga. Pictured left to right: Armond Morris, GPC chairman; Media Award – Craig Harney with WTOC; Research & Education Award – Albert Culbreath, University of Georgia plant pathologist; Special Award – Matt Baldwin, professional bullfighter and Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award – Elton Baldy, Norman Park, Ga. (Not pictured: Distinguished Service Award – Jeff Johnson with Birdsong Peanuts.).

The Georgia Peanut Commission presented awards to individuals and businesses for their service to the peanut industry and promotion of peanuts across the United States during the 42nd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show held Jan. 18, 2018, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, Ga. Pictured left to right: Armond Morris, GPC chairman; Media Award – Craig Harney with WTOC; Research & Education Award – Albert Culbreath, University of Georgia plant pathologist; Special Award – Matt Baldwin, professional bullfighter and Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award – Elton Baldy, Norman Park, Ga. (Not pictured: Distinguished Service Award – Jeff Johnson with Birdsong Peanuts.).

The Georgia Peanut Commission  presented awards to individuals and   businesses for their service to the peanut industry and promotion of peanuts across the United States. The award recipients are: Distinguished Service Award – Jeff Johnson, retired president of Birdsong Peanuts; Research and Education Award – Albert Culbreath, University of Georgia plant pathologist; Media Award – Craig Harney, video producer of special projects at WTOC; and Georgia Peanut Special Award to Matt Baldwin, professional bullfighter who promotes Georgia peanuts.

The Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award, sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and BASF, was presented to Elton Baldy of Norman Park, Georgia. The award is presented to one Georgia peanut farmer based upon the applicant’s overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership and community service activities. Baldy’s farming operation includes 750 acres of cropland where he grows peanuts, soybeans, corn, wheat, hay and vegetables.

Five farmers receive the Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmer of the Year award during the Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference held Jan. 18, 2018, in Tifton, Ga. Pictured left to right: Armond Morris, Georgia Peanut Commission chairman from Tifton; District 1 –  Ike Newberry, Arlington; District 2 – Chip Dorminy, Fitzgerald; District 3 – Charles Smith Jr., Wadley; District 4 – James ‘Roy’ Malone Sr. (not pictured), Dexter; District 5 – Marvin (not  pictured) and Dania DeVane, Cuthbert; and Matt Cato with Agri Supply.

Five farmers receive the Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmer of the Year award during the Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference held Jan. 18, 2018, in Tifton, Ga. Pictured left to right: Armond Morris, Georgia Peanut Commission chairman from Tifton; District 1 –Ike Newberry, Arlington; District 2 – Chip Dorminy, Fitzgerald; District 3 – Charles Smith Jr., Wadley; District 4 – James ‘Roy’ Malone Sr. (not pictured), Dexter; District 5 – Marvin (not pictured) and Dania DeVane, Cuthbert; and Matt Cato with Agri Supply.

In addition to the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award, the Georgia Peanut Commission and Agri Supply presented the Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmers of the Year Award to  individuals representing each of the commission’s five districts. This award honors farmers who have the passion, diligence, leadership and desire to see the peanut industry in the state of Georgia continue to be the highest quality. Winners are pictured to the right.

For photos and additional information on the Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, visit the Georgia Peanut Commission website at gapeanuts.com.

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Mississippi Peanut Growers Association annual meeting set for Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2018

MPGAlogo_rgbThe Mississippi Peanut Growers Association plan to hold their annual meeting trade show Jan. 31- Feb. 1, 2018, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The event provides growers with the latest information on peanut production, research and new products.

Growers will have the opportunity to visit with several exhibitors showcasing equipment and services for the peanut industry. Exhibits open at 1:00 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 31.
Speakers during the annual meeting will provide an update on Mississippi State University, agronomic practices, peanut market outlook for 2018, insect research in Mississippi peanuts. Growers will also hear reports on checkoff activities MPGA and the National Peanut Board as well as an update on the 2018 Farm Bill from Bob Redding.

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Perdue Names Appointees to the USDA Farm Service Agency State Committees

USDAU. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the individuals who will serve on the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.

Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. Additional appointees will be named at a later date. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include:

Alabama
Committee Chair Monica Carroll – Ozark
Andy Lavender – Brundidge
Rodney Moon – Harvest
Steve Penry – Daphne
Doug Trantham – Alexandria

Florida
Committee Chair Michelle Williamson – Dover
Mike Adams – Jennings
Mack Glass – Marianna
Mark Sodders – North Palm Beach

Georgia
Committee Chair Allen Poole – Haralson County
L.G. (Bo) Herndon, Jr. – Vidalia
Meredith McNair Rogers – Camilla
Donnie Smith – Willacoochee

Mississippi
Committee Chair Ted Kendall IV – Bolton
Scott Flowers – Clarksdale
Bobby Moody – Louisville
Henry Reed – Belzoni
Rita Seward – Jackson County

The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. The agency offers farmers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. FSA continues to conserve natural resources and provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including special emphasis on beginning, underserved and women farmers and ranchers.

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data- driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell food and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. Understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.

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Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference set for Thursday, Jan. 18

fsconflogoProducers can improve the bottom-line of their farming operation with knowledge, connections and information gained at the 42nd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Jan. 18, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Peanut farmers and those involved in the peanut industry will be able to learn more about the latest products, services and peanut research at the show, which is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission.

During this year’s show, Kelley Manufacturing Co. is providing the Grand Door Prize Package of one season’s use of a new peanut combine (choice of four-row, six-row or combine with Unload-On-The-Go option). At the end of the 2018 season, the winner has the option of purchasing the combine from an authorized KMC dealer with $15,000 off the list price. Also, KMC is providing a second drawing for one season’s use of a new Digger Shaker Inverter (choice of rigid or flex model in a two-row, four-row or six-row) or the use of a new KMC Dump Cart. At the end of the 2018 season, the winner has the option of purchasing the digger or dump cart from an authorized KMC dealer with 10 percent off the list price.

Additionally, farmers can register to win the Grower Prize, donated by Amadas Industries. This prize is the choice of one season’s use of a new Amadas four-row or six-row peanut digger/inverter or a certificate good for the amount of $10,000.00 towards the purchase of any new Amadas self-propelled combine or $5,000 towards the purchase of a new 4-row or 6-row Amadas pull-type combine.

The winners of the Grand Door Prize and the Grower Prize must be certified peanut farmers with an FSA farm number and present to win.

The one-day show offers farmers a full day to view the products and services of more than 100 exhibitors and a day of education. A free luncheon begins at noon for all peanut farmers in attendance. The Georgia Peanut Commission will present a short program beginning at 12:15 p.m. that will cover award presentations and an update from the National Peanut Board and Washington.

The University of Georgia Peanut Team will present an educational peanut production seminar from 9:00 until 10:30 a.m. Team members will provide information on irrigation management, insects, fertility, disease and nematodes as well as provide a year in review of the 2017 crop. Farmers will also have the opportunity to earn private or commercial pesticide applicator certification.

An Industry Seed Seminar will also be held from 10:35 to 11:35 a.m. during the show. This event is sponsored by the American Peanut Shellers Association Committee on Variety & Seed Development, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Georgia Peanut Commission. Growers will be able to learn about farm-saved seed, peanut varieties available for 2018 and varieties on the horizon.

The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with the OneBlood, will host a blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the show. At the close of the day, the presentation of the Grand Door Prize donated by KMC will be presented to one lucky peanut grower. For more information on the show, contact GPC at 229-386-3470 or online at www.gapeanuts.com.

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National Peanut Board elects 2018 officers

National Peanut Board 2018 officers pictured are (l-r) Andy Bell, Georgia, secretary; Dan Ward, North Carolina, vice-chairman; and Greg Gill, Arkansas, chairman. Not pictured: Peter Froese Jr., Texas, treasurer.

National Peanut Board 2018 officers pictured are (l-r) Andy Bell, Georgia, secretary; Dan Ward, North Carolina, vice-chairman; and Greg Gill, Arkansas, chairman. Not pictured: Peter Froese Jr., Texas, treasurer.

Greg Gill, a peanut farmer from Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, was elected chairman of the 12-member National Peanut Board last week during the Board’s quarterly meeting in Washington, D.C. Gill, who served 2017 as vice-chairman, begins his one-year term Jan. 1.

“I’m honored to serve as chairman of the National Peanut Board this year,” said Gill. “We have a strong program of work to implement in 2018—such as supporting the launch of the first-ever peanut milk in retail stores nationwide and educating health professionals and parents about the NIH guidelines for introducing peanut products to infants. It should be a very busy and productive year.”

Also, National Peanut Board elected Dan Ward of Clarkton, North Carolina, as vice-chairman; Peter Froese Jr. of Seminole, Texas, as treasurer; and Andy Bell of Climax, Georgia, as secretary. These officers will serve one-year terms beginning Jan. 1.

For more information on the promotions and activities of the National Peanut Board, visit their website at www.nationalpeanutboard.org.

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