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Joy Carter Crosby Editor joycarter@gapeanuts.com 229-386-3690 Contributing Writers Jessie Turk jessie@gapeanuts.com Teresa Mays Teresa2@alpeanuts.com John Leidner johnleidner@bellsouth.net Southeastern Peanut Farmer P.O. Box 706, Tifton, Ga. 31793 445 Fulwood Blvd., Tifton, Ga. 31794 ISSN: 0038-3694 Southeastern Peanut Farmer ispublishedsixtimesayear (Jan./Feb.,March,April,May/June,July/Aug.,and Oct./Nov.)bytheSouthernPeanutFarmersFederation. Thepublisherisnotresponsibleforcopyomission,typographicalerrors,oranyunintentionalerrorsthatmay occur,otherthantocorrectitinthefollowingissue.Any erroneousreflectionwhichmayoccurinthecolumnsof Southeastern Peanut Farmer willbecorrectedupon broughttotheattentionoftheeditor.(Phone229-3863690.) Postmaster:Sendaddresschanges(Form3579)to Southeastern Peanut Farmer,P.O.Box706,Tifton, Georgia,31793. Circulationisfreetoqualifiedpeanutgrowersandothers alliedtotheindustry.PeriodicalpostagepaidatTifton, Georgiaandadditionalmailingoffice. Editorial Content:Editorialcopyfromsourcesoutside oftheSouthernPeanutFarmersFederationissometimes presentedfortheinformationandinterestofourmembers.Suchmaterialmay,ormaynot,coincidewithofficialSouthernPeanutFarmersFederationpolicies. Publicationofmaterialdoesnotnecessarilyimplyits endorsementbytheSouthernPeanutFarmersFederation. Foreditorialconcernscall229-386-3690.Noportionof thisorpastissuesoftheSoutheastern Peanut Farmer maybereproducedinanyformwhatsoeverwithoutthe writtenconsentoftheeditor.By-linedarticlesappearing inthispublicationrepresentviewsoftheauthorsandnot necessarilythoseofthepublisher. Advertising:ThePublisherreservestherighttorefuse anyadvertisement.Correctionstoadvertisementsmustbe madeafterthefirstrun.Allbillingofferssubjecttocredit review.Advertisementscontainedinthispublicationdo notrepresentanendorsementbytheSoutheastern Peanut Farmer ortheSouthernPeanutFarmersFederation.Use oftradenamesinthispublicationisforthepurposeof providingspecificinformationandisnotaguaranteenor warrantyofproductsnamed.Foradvertisingconcerns call229-386-3690.

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Harvesting the sun for peanuts Solar power has come a long way since the late 1970s when the first research on solar power to dry peanuts took place. Today farmers and buying points are harvesting power from the sun to irrigate fields and dry peanuts.

2013 Southern Peanut Growers Conference 2013 marked the 15th year for the Southern Peanut Growers Conference which included a large agenda for the more than 600 people registered. This year’s theme was “Making Sustainability Work.”

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Market Swings USDA agricultural economist Marshall Lamb likens U.S. peanut acreage and the peanut markets to a roller coaster ride. Lamb said he and the peanut industry wishes that something could be done to even out the sharp swings in production from year to year.

Departments: CheckoffReport.................................................................................. 8 AlabamaPeanutProducersAssociation,FloridaPeanutProducersAssociation, GeorgiaPeanutCommissionandMississippiPeanutGrowersAssociation

WashingtonOutlook............................................................................16 SouthernPeanutGrowersUpdate........................................................18 Cover Photo: On Glenn Heard's farm near Brinson, Ga., solar power helps offset the cost of electricity to run his irrigation pivots.. Photo by John Leidner.

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Calendar of Events

Good things come in small packages

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oodthingscomeinsmallpackagesisanoldsayingandonethat meansmoretomenowafterdeliveringababyboyweighinginat 2lb.14ouncesonAug.7.EliJamesCrosbyor“Lil’Peanut” cameintothisworld8weeksearly.Hewasanearlysurpriseto allandespeciallyhisdadandme.Beforehewasbornhewas givenanicknameof“Lil’Peanut”sincewehadnotdecidedonanofficialname yet. Priortohisgrandentrance,wehadsomanyquestionsracethroughour minds-wouldhebeokay,fullydevelopedandabletobreatheonhisown? However,wehadfaiththateverythingwouldbeokaysincewehadatremendous amountofsupportandprayersfromthefolksinthepeanutindustry.And,onthe dayofdelivery,everythingwasokay.Elicameintothisworldbreathingonhis ownandhedidnothaveanymedicalissues. Earlyonweknewhewasafighterandawiggleworm.Hewassodeterminedtoleavethe hospitalthathetriedtoshowthedoctorsand nurseshedidn’tneedanIVwhenhepulledit outthreetimes.Whenthedoctorsdecidedhe nolongerneededthefeedingtube,heeven helpedthemoutbyremovingithimselfbefore thenursedid.Elionlyneededtogrowand growhehasdone.Heisnowat5lbs.13 ouncesandcontinuingtodogreat. So,thissummerandearlyfallI tradedinthetrekthroughpeanutfields, fielddaysandtourstodaysoffeeding,diaperchangesandmostimportantly sleep!Mostmomswouldagreethatsleepisthemostimportant.IloveitallbutI domissseeingsomanyofmyfriendsthroughoutthepeanutindustrythathave supportedmeduringthistime.However,thereisatimeforeverythingandit’s mytimetotakecareofmynewlittlebundleofjoy. AsI’vehadtimetoreflectonthepeanutindustryandthefamiliesI’vemet duringmynearly14yearswiththeGeorgiaPeanutCommissionIrealizethatthe bondisstrongerthanjustpeanuts. Therehasbeenagenuinefriendshipdevelopedthroughtheyearswithsomanyfarmfamiliesandindustryrepresentatives andonethatIdonottakeforgranted.InJulywhenIfirstenteredthehospital andrealizedIwouldnotbeabletoattendtheSouthernPeanutGrowers ConferenceIwasdisappointedbecauseI wouldnotbeabletoseesomanyofthe peanutfolksthatIhavegrowntobecomeclosefriendswiththroughtheyears. However,littledidIknowhowgreatanimpactallofthosefolksinthe peanutindustrywouldmakeonme.So,Iwasn’tabletoattendbutI heardfrom somanyfolksattheconferencethatwerecheckinginonmetomakesureme andLil’Peanutweregoingtobeokay.IreceivedsomanyemailsandFacebook messagesfromfolkswhowereprayingformeandLil’Peanut.Allofthenotes, messagesandphonecallsweregreatlyappreciated. Thestaffsofthepeanutcheckofforganizations havebeengreattooandhavejumpedintoworkon projectsthatIwouldnormallyhavebeendoing.I’m sothankfultoworkinanindustrywherefolkswork asateamandaretheretohelpotherswhenneedbe. TheGeorgiaPeanutCommissionevenranan“Eli Special”inthegiftshoponSaturday,Aug.24where customerswhopurchaseda2lb.canofpeanuts receiveanothercanfree. I’llbereturningsoontoworkatthecommission butinthemeantimeIbettergetbacktoEli. It’sfeedingtime!t

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u Sunbelt Ag Expo, Oct. 15-17, 2013, Moultrie, Ga. For more information call 229-985-1968 or visit www.sunbeltexpo.com. u 50th Annual Georgia Peanut Festival, Oct. 19, 2013, Sylvester, Ga. For more information call 229-776-6657 or visit www.gapeanutfestival.org. u National Peanut Festival, Nov. 1-10, 2013, Dothan, Ala. For more information call 334-793-4323. u Georgia Farm Bureau, Dec. 8-10, 2013, Jekyll Island, Ga. For more information call 478-474-8411. u American Peanut Council Winter Conference, Dec. 11-12, 2013, Washington Court Hotel, Washington, D.C. For more information call 703-838-9500 or visit APC online at www.peanutsusa.com. u Georgia Peanut Farm Show, Jan. 16, 2014, University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, Ga. For more information call 229-386-3470 or visit www.gapeanuts.com.

National Peanut Festival Dothan,Ala. November1-10,2013 Farmers’Night–Monday,Nov.4 VisitthePeanutPavilionlocatedacross fromtheAgri-CenterBuildingonthe southsideofthefairgrounds. Formoreinformation: www.nationalpeanutfestival.com (Let us know about your event. Please send details to the editor, using the following e-mail address: joycrosby@gapeanuts.com)


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olarpowerhascomealong waysincethelate1970s whenthefirstresearchon solarpowertodrypeanuts

tookplace. ThisisespeciallytrueinGeorgia wherearecentvotefromthestate’sPublic ServiceCommissionisrequiringGeorgia PowerCompanytostartusingmoresolar powertoproducetheelectricitythisutility companypurchasesandthenresellstoits customers. Ofcourse,peanutfarmershavelong reliedonsolarenergywhentheyoptedfor fieldcuringofinvertedpeanutsleftinthe fieldbeforeharvestingwithacombine. Solarpowerwasabigtopicatthe recentSouthernPeanutGrowers ConferenceheldinPanamaCityBeach, Fla. MitchellBurke,chiefoperatingofficerwithAmericanPeanutGrowersGroup inDonalsonville,Ga.,saidthatsolar powerbecameoperationalattheirfacility duringDecemberof2011.“Atthatpoint, wereceivedaFederaltaxcredit,astate creditplusbonusdepreciationtohelp makeitavaluableinvestment,”hesaid, “Wedidnotexpectthestatetaxcredit,so wewerepleasantlysurprisedwiththat.” TheAmericanPeanutGrowersGroup mountedthesolarpanelsatoptheirpeanut dryingsheds.Thesedryingshedsarenow hometothelargestroof-mountedsolar arrayinGeorgia.“Ourgoalsaretogenerate1,700kilowatthoursperday,or51,000 permonth,or612,000peryear,”says Burke.“Doingthatwillachieveourgoal ofachieving20percentsavingsonour energycosts.” Burkesays,“Theideaofpossiblysaving20percentofourenergycoststhrough asolarprogramandbeinganenvironmentallyfriendlycompanywasexcitingfor ourboardofdirectorsandthecompany.”

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Thecompanyhaspeanutshellingfacilities andisownedby86peanutgrowersfrom theDonalsonvillearea. PeterMarteheadsHannahSolar,a five-year-oldAtlanta-basedcompanythat installedthesolarpanelsattheAmerican PeanutGrowersGroupfacility.“Solar powerisnotexpensiveanymore,”says Marte. Martesaysthecostofsolarenergy generationhasdroppeddramatically,by about80percentinrecentyears.Muchof thecostreductionhasbeenduetoadrop inthepricesforsolarpanels,especiallyfor thesiliconthatisamajorcomponentof thepanels. Newsolarpanelsshouldhaveauseful lifeofatleast30years,accordingto Marte. “TheGeorgiasolarmarketwentfrom zeroafewyearsagoto$450million today,”saysMarte.“Bytheendof2016, weexpecttoseea$1billioninvestmentin solarpowergenerationinGeorgia.” Solarisaworthwhileinvestment, accordingtoMarte,duetothedropinthe costofsolarpanels,taxcredits,depreciationallowancesandbuybackagreements wherebyelectricutilitycompaniesagreeto payforthesolarpowergeneratedovera setnumberofyears. “Duringthepastfiveyears,wehave seena1,400percentincreaseinsolar powerduetothe30percentFederaltax credit,bonusdepreciationand80percent dropinthecostofsolarpanels,”says Marte. Martesayssolarisanenergysource thatisreliable,abundant,homegrownand free. “Taxincentivesespeciallymakesolar poweragoodinvestmentfortheagriculturalcommunity,”saysMarte.Hesaysa $1millioninvestmentinsolarpoweris offsetby$300,000intaxcreditsand

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On Glenn Heard's farm near Brinson, Ga., solar power helps offset the cost of electricity to run his irrigation pivots.


$350,000indepreciationvalue,including 50percentinyearone.Asaresult,the$1 millioninvestmentwillhavearealcostof only$350,000,andshouldhaveauseful lifeofatleast30years,accordingto Marte.Hesaystheinvestmentshouldpay foritselfinlessthanfiveyears. MartesaysGeorgiaPowerCo.,isnow offeringcontractstobuysolarpowerfor 13centsperkilowatthourfora20-year period.Mostallofhisagriculturalclients arenotdirectlyusingthesolarpowerthey generatefortheirownoperations,butare rathersellingthiselectricitybackto GeorgiaPower. Along-termcontractfor13centsper kilowatthourmakessenseforutilitycompanies,accordingtoMarte,becausethe utilitiescanbeassuredofasteadysupply ofpoweratacostthatwillnotputupward pressureonutilityratestoconsumers. DuringtheSouthernPeanutGrowers Conference,Marteannouncedthat BirdsongPeanutswillputinaone megawattsolarfarmonafour-acresiteat Birdsong’sFudgeBuyingPointlocatedon U.S.Hwy.27inthetownofColquitt,Ga. “Theonemegawattfacilitywillcost$2.3 milliontobuild,”saysMarte.“Theywill geta$690,000taxcredit,and$805,000 approximatedepreciationinyearone. Birdsongwillrecoveralloftheinvestment infiveyears.”

GeorgeBirdsong,chiefexecutiveofficerofBirdsongPeanuts,basedinSuffolk, Va.,saysthesolarpanelsatthesitewill feedelectricitydirectlytoGeorgiaPower Company’selectricalgrid.“Wewillbe paidbyGeorgiaPowerforwhatwefeedto them,”headds.“Wewillalsobeusing someelectricityfromGeorgiaPowerto dryourpeanuts.Untilnow,wehaveused propanegastodrymostofthepeanutsat thissite.”Birdsongaddsthathewasvery pleasedthatoneofhisfacilitieswasselectedforthissolarpowerproject. ThesolarinvestmentattheAmerican PeanutGrowersGroupfacilityin Donalsonvilleledtoothersolarinvestmentsontheindividualoperationsofsome ofthefarmer-ownersoftheGrowers Group. Forexample,Martepointedtofarmer GlennHeardofBrinson,Ga.,who installedsolarpanelstohelpoffsetthecost ofelectricitytorunhiscenterpivotirrigationsystems.MartesaysHeardwasableto getanearliercontractwithGeorgiaPower topayhim17centsperkilowatthourfor theelectricitygeneratedonhisfarm. Heardisplanningtoaddmoresolarpower tohisfarm.MarteaddsthatHeardisbeing compensatedfortheenergyheproduces evenduringwintermonthsandwetsummermonthswhenhedoesnotusehiscenterpivots.

MartealsoreportedthatTommy DollarofDollarFarmProductsin Bainbridge,Ga.,willbeusingsolarpower tooffsetelectricityexpensesforhisoffice facilities. Also,GregCalhounofGreenCircle FarmsofBainbridgeisusingsolarpower tooffsetelectricitycostsneededfora sweetcornpackinghouse. MartealsomentionedthatWillHarris, ownerofWhiteOakPasturesinBluffton, Ga.,hasinstalledsolarpanelstoprovide someofthepowerneededforhison-farm animalslaughteringfacilities.Thesolar panelsonhisbarnsproduceenoughelectricitytooffsetabout40percentofthe powerthatHarrisuseseachyear.Harris wasselectedasthe2013Georgiawinner oftheSwisherSweets/SunbeltExpo SoutheasternFarmeroftheYearaward. CottonginsinSouthGeorgiaarealso investinginsolarpower,accordingto Marte.However,helearnedthatthesolar panelsneedtobelocatedfarenoughaway fromtheginningfacilitysothatdustwill notaccumulateonthepanelsandinterfere withthereceptionofsunlight. Inaddition,Martesaidthata100-acre solarfarmwillbeconstructednear Camilla,Ga.Onceoperational,thesesolar panelswillgenerateenoughelectricityto powermorethan3,000homes. t

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Solar panels cover the peanut drying sheds at the American Peanut Growers Group facility in Donalsonville, Ga.

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Checkoff Report Investments Made by Growers for the Future of the Peanut Industry.

FPPA announces scholarship winners TheFloridaPeanutProducersAssociationawardedfourstudentswith $1,200scholarshipseach.Thisyear’sscholarshipwinnersareSamantha Sandlin,Williston,Fla.;KendallHall,O’Brien,Fla.;WhitneyThomas, GrandRidge,Fla.,andTravisBergdoll,Williston,Fla. Thescholarshipsareawardedeachyeartostudentswhodemonstrate highacademicachievement,involvementincommunityandextracurricularactivitiesandhaveapersonalagriculturalexperience.Otherrequirementsfortheapplicantsincludetheyorsomeoneintheirfamilymustbea FloridapeanutfarmerandattendorplantoattendaFloridacommunity collegeoruniversity. Congratulationstotheseoutstandingstudents.

Tillis wins Florida FFA Fiber and Oil Crop Production Award HaroldTillisoftheChieflandFFAChapteristhisyear’swinnerofthe FiberandOilCropProficiencyAward.Heandotherfinalistsofthisaward wererecentlyrecognizedatthe85thannualFloridaFFAStateConvention andLeadershipConference. Tillisandthetopfourfinalistsreceivedawardssponsoredbythe FloridaPeanutProducersAssociationasaspecialprojectoftheFlorida FFAFoundation. HaroldTillisisafourthgenerationfarmerandhasbeeninvolvedin hisfamily’speanutoperationsincehewasoldenoughtoholdashovel andhelplevelpeanutwagons.Today,heislearningthemoretechnical andfinancialsideoftheoperation.Helooksforwardtotheopportunityof farmingapproximately60acresofpeanutsonhisownnextseason.Tillis isamemberoftheChieflandFFAChapterandhisadvisorisDallas Locke.

FPPA delivers peanut butter to House of Hope FPPAassistedwithapeanutbutter driveinMartinCounty,Fla.,wherewe delivered1,212jarsofPeanutProud PeanutButter.Thepeanutbutterdrive isasummerprojectthatwasstartedand organizedbyAnthonyGolino,14and hissisterAlyssaGolino,12.Thisisthe thirdsummertheGolinokidshave organizedthepeanutbutterdriveand Florida Peanut Producers Association delivers Peanut Proud Peanut Butter theyhaveexceededtheircollection to House of Hope in Martin County to goaleachyear.Theyhaveestablished assist in the Golino kids peanut butter morethan30drop-offorcollection drive. pointsthroughoutthecounty.The peanutbutteristakentotheHouseofHopefoodpantriesinMartin Countyandfromtheredistributedtoresidentsinneed.Lastyearthe agencygaveoutnearly200tonsoffood.

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Georgia Peanut Commission sponsors NASCAR driver, David Ragan, in Advocare 500 TheGeorgiaPeanut CommissionsponsoredGeorgianative,DavidRagan,inthe SprintCupNASCARraceSeptember1,2013,atthe AtlantaMotorSpeedway.Raganpilotedthenumber 34,PeanutPatchcarwiththeGeorgiaPeanutslogo adorningbothrearquarterpanelsforthousandstosee duringtheAdvocare500,whereheplaced23rdoverall.Priortoandduringtherace,GeorgiaPeanuts wereoverflowinginthegarageareaandpitrow.Pit crewsandhundredsofracefanswereabletosnack onpeanutswhiletheywaitedfortheracetobegin, andevenwhiletheracewasgoingon. Daysbeforetherace,representativesfromGPC promotedpeanutsandpeanutnutritionatDavid Ragan’sannualfanclubpartyAugust29,2013,at DavidRaganFordinPerry,Ga.Friedpeanuts,recipe cardsandslicesofBeverlyReed’sfamouspeanut cakewereservedtoover200peopleattheevent. JoeBoddiford,GPCvicechairmanandchairman oftheGPCPromotionsCommittee,wasexcitedabout theraceandtheopportunitytosupportoneof Georgia’sown,aswellasGeorgia’sofficialstate crop. “DavidRaganisaGeorgiaboyandGeorgiais theNo.1peanut-growingstateinthenation,” Boddifordsays.“TheGeorgiaPeanutCommission wasveryexcitedtohavethisopportunitytohelp sponsorhimintheAtlantarace.” Thispromotionaleventwasonethatsupported oneofGeorgia’sown,aswellasbroughtgreatexposuretoGeorgia’sagriculturalindustry;particularly peanuts.

Georgia Peanut Commission representatives promoted peanuts during the Advocare 500 NASCAR race by sponsoring Georgia-native, David Ragan.


Reports from the: Alabama Peanut Producers Association Florida Peanut Producers Association Georgia Peanut Commission Mississippi Peanut Growers Association

Mississippi holds Peanut Field Day ApeanutfielddaywasheldAugust29,2013,onthe RollingHillsRanchjustNorthofLucedale,Miss.,with40 growersandindustryrepresentativesinattendance.Marshall Lamb,researchleaderoftheNationalPeanutResearch Laboratory,presentedhiscurrentresearchandupdatedthe growersonpeanutproductionacrossthenationandworld.Jeff Gore,researchentomologistfromtheMississippiState University(MSU)DeltaBranchExperimentStationpresented hisfindingsonthripsandleafhopperswhichispartofagrant hereceivedfromtheMississippiPeanutGrowersAssociation throughtheNationalPeanutBoard.AlanHenn,MSUExtension plantpathologistexplainedhisstudybeingconductedonthe farmandleadthegrowersthroughthedifferenttreatmentsin hisstudy;interestwasverykeenonthewhitemoldsituation. MalcolmBroome,executivedirectoroftheMississippi PeanutGrowersAssociationconcludedthedaywitha“show andtell”ofpeanutplantsfromeachoftheeightvarietiesinthe currentMississippiPeanutYieldVerificationtrialsatfivelocationsacrossthestate.Thevarietiesweredugfromthenearest trialabout30milesawaynearBeaumont,Miss.Thegroupthen adjournedtoanearbyrestaurantforcommentsfromindustry andacatfishlunch.

MPGA promotes peanuts during football season TheMississippiPeanutGrowersAssociation(MPGA)has teamedupwith“FridayNightUndertheLights”(FNUTL) radioshowtopromotepeanutsintheschoolsduringthecourse ofthefootballseasonacrossthestate.MPGAwillreceivecommercialairtimeon11radiostationscoveringmostofthestate with45radiospots,sponsortheAhhNutsplayoftheweek whereaplaquefromMPGAandFNUTLwillbeawardedtothe lunchroomofthewinnereachweek,plustheAhhNutsPlayof theYear.Theplayoftheyearwinningschoolwillbepresented a55inchSmartHDTVforthelunchroomandthestudentsubmittingthewinningplaywillalsoreceivea40inchHDTV. ThesepresentationswillbemadebytheMPGABoardof DirectorsontheshowthenightofChampionshipWeekin Jackson,Miss. Runningduringtheseasonwillalsobevideoad’sonthe FNUTLwebsitewherethestudentswillgotovotefortheAhh NutsPlayoftheYear.ABannerAdwillbeseenatover126 HighSchoolsinMississippi.TheintentoftheMPGAistohelp keepschoolsfriendlytowardpeanutsandpeanutproducts. FNTULwillprovidetheMPGAattheconclusionoftheseason contactdatafromacrosstheStateincludingnumberofcalls intotheFNUTLprogrampluswebsitecontacts;datashows nearly900,000inpreviousyearsparticipateinthisprogram.

APPA participates in FFA South District Leadership Workshop RehobethHighSchool,locatedinHoustonCounty,Ala., wasthehostfacilitythispastJulyforoneoftwoSouth DistrictAlabamaFFA2013ChapterOfficerLeadership Workshops.Morethan100studentsfromacrosstheSoutheast participatedintheday-longmeeting.Thiswasoneoftwo suchmeetingsheldoverthesummerforleadersinthehigh schoolFFAprogram.TheAlabamaPeanutProducers AssociationalongwiththeHoustonCountyAlabamaFarmers Federationsponsoredthemealandrefreshmentsforthesession.Thismeetingwasheldtoencouragetheteenageleaders andhelpmotivatethemfortheupcomingyearandextendto themsuggestionstomaketheiragriculturegroupthebestit canpossiblybe.

Georgia Peanut Commission airs tv spots during high school football games across the state TheGeorgiaPeanutCommissionispromotingpeanutsthis fallduringhighschoolfootballgamesairedonGeorgiaPublic Broadcasting.DuringeachFridaynightgameaGeorgiapeanut televisionspotisaired.Also,advertisementsarefeaturedonthe GPBwebsiteandthroughoutotherGPBtelevisionprograms.The advertisingcampaignimpressionsexceeds2millionviewers. TuneineachFridaynightduringahighschoolfootballgameto viewtheGPC commercial.Formoreinformationvisit www.gapeanuts.com.

Banks celebrate Georgia Peanut Bank Week across the state October 14-18, 2013 Banksandfinancialinstitutions acrossGeorgiawillbecelebrating GeorgiaPeanutBankWeek,October1418,2013.Financialinstitutionsincommunitiesacrossthestatearesaluting peanutfarmers’contributionstothestate andlocaleconomyduringthisweeklong event.TheGeorgiaPeanutCommission, incooperationwiththeGeorgiaBankers Association,promotesGeorgia’sofficial statecropbysponsoringGeorgiaPeanutBankWeekannually. Thisyear’sthemeis“BankonPeanuts!”Thetheme’sintent istoshowcasetheimportanceofpeanutstoGeorgia’sgrowing economy,aswellastheclosetiebetweenpeanutfarmersand financialinstitutions.Duringtheweek-longevent,banksand financialinstitutionswilldistributepeanutsandrecipes.Formore informationvisitwww.gapeanuts.com. October/November 2013 Southeastern Peanut Farmer

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013markedthe15thyearfortheSouthernPeanutGrowers Conferencewhichincludedalargeagendaforthemorethan600 peopleregistered.Thisyear’sthemewas“MakingSustainability Work.” Oneofthetopicsthatcaughteveryone’sattentionwasthecurrentstatus ofthefarmbill.AcurrentupdateonthebillwaspresentedbyCongressman MikeConaway,R-Texas,amemberoftheHouseAgricultureCommittee, saystherehasbeennoshortageofcontroversyinthisfarmbill. “Conventionwisdomwasthatyouneededtokeepthenutritiontitleand thefarmbilltogetherinordertogainenoughvotesintheHousetogetthe billpassed,”hesays.“Sowewentwithconventionalwisdom,wetookitto thefloorandwefailed.”Thepositionnowisafarm-onlybillpassedoutof theHouseandacombinedbillfromtheSenategoingtoconference,but ConawaysaystheHousestillintendstogetanutritionbillpassed. Othertopicsdiscussedduringthethree-daymeetingincluded:peanut genomicsinitiative;howmarketingandresearchismakingthepeanutindustrymoresustainableandbecomingmoreprofitable;productionanddisease managementtechniques;andimprovingenergyefficiencyonfarmingoperations. Formoreonthisyear’sconferencevisittheSouthernPeanutFarmers Federaitonwebsiteatwww.southernpeanutfarmers.org.t

Conference Blog Reports Daily The 15th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference was highlighted again this year through a blog. Be sure to check it out for photos, stories and interviews at http://spgc.wordpress.com. The blog is sponsored by Ag Technologies.

Brought to you by the: Southern Peanut Farmers Federation Alabama Peanut Producers Association Florida Peanut Producers Association Georgia Peanut Commission Mississippi Peanut Growers Association Southern Peanut Growers 10

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Thanks to the 2013 Conference Sponsors Syngenta Bayer CropScience John Deere Ag-Pro Company Albany Tractor Company Blanchard Equipment Lasseter Equipment Company Smith Tractor Company Sparrow & Kennedy SunSouth LLC BASF National Peanut Board DuPont Crop Protection Ag Leader Technology Ag Technologies Aimtrac Birdsong Peanuts Colombo North America Farm Press Kelley Manufacturing Co. Valent U.S.A. Corporation Amadas Industries First South Farm Credit National Peanut Buying Points Assn. Olam Edible Nuts Peanut Grower Southeastern Peanut Farmer AMVAC Chemical Dow AgroSciences Alabama Farmers Federation Georgia Farm Bureau Golden Peanut Company INTX Microbials McCleskey Mills Nichino America, Inc. Novozymes BioAg Quantum BioTek AMG Farm Credit Florida Georgia Organic Solutions LLC Jim Cary Consultant Newton Crouch Sessions Co. Inc. Snyder’s-Lance The KBH Corporation


Peanut Profitability Award winners recognized

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Programsisnotayieldcontestfor ithmany smallacreages,Lambsays.“It’snot peanutproducevenayieldcontestontheentire ersaveraging farm.Instead,wetakeacomplete record-breakviewofthefarmintermsofyield, ingyieldsthispastyear,itallcame bothirrigatedandnon-irrigated,and downtomanagementindeterminoftentimesthosearetreatedsepaingthewinnersofthe2013Farm ratelybecausethecoststructure PressPeanutProfitabilityAwards. “Our14thclassofwinners variesbetweenthetwo,”hesays. Thisyearwasaveryinteresting presentedtousthehighestlevelof oneinthataspect,saysLamb, managementasagroupwe’veposbecauseatleastintheSoutheast,the siblyeverseen,”saysMarshall differentialbetweenirrigatedand Lamb,advisorfortheawardsproWinners of the 2013 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards non-irrigatedyieldswasveryclose gramandresearchleaderforthe were recently honored at the 15th Annual Southern Peanut becauseofplentifulrainfallthroughNationalPeanutResearch Growers Conference held in Panama City Beach, Fla. Pictured left to right are: Paul Hollis, editor of Southeast Farm Press, LaboratoryinDawson,Ga. outthegrowingseason. Thisyear’shonoreesincluded Lower Southeast winner Tim McMillan of Southern Grace Farms “Costofproductionalsoisconin Enigma, Ga.; Upper Southeast Region winner Jart Hudson of thefollowing:SouthwestRegion sidered,andthisiswheresomeof Turkey, N.C., and Roy Roberson, associate editor of Southeast thenomineesbecomeveryfrustrated —MurrayPhillips,FrioCounty, Farm Press. Not shown is Southwest region winner Murray withmebecausewehaveacompliTexas;LowerSoutheastRegion— Phillips of Frio County, Texas. catednominationform.Wearetruly TimMcMillan,SouthernGrace tryingtogetaveryaccurateideaofthe Farms,Enigma,Ga.;andUpperSoutheast diversefarmsintermsofthecropsthey growandinsomeoftheventuresthey truecostofproduction.Andwe’renot Region—JartHudson,Turkey,N.C. havethatsupportthefarm,andthatadds talkingjustaboutvariableinputssuchas Thisyear’sawardswerepresentedin totheiroverallmanagementcapabilities.” seedandfertilizer.Wealsolookatfixed PanamaCity,Fla.,aspartofthe15th “Thisawardsprogramhasbeenareal costs,lookingatequipmentinventoryand AnnualSouthernPeanutGrowers eye-openerforthoseofusatFarmPress, howthatisallocatedtothepeanutenterConference.Producersfromeachgrowing justtobeabletomeettop-notchpeanut prise,andalsothedepreciationschedules. regionoftheU.S.PeanutBeltwerehonfarmersandgetaclose-uplookattheir That’swhereitgetsverycomplicated oredfortheirproductionefficiency. outstandingfarmingoperations,”adds “Alltheseindividualfarmersdida withintheprogram.t ForrestLaws,directorofcontentforFarm greatjobofmanagementontheirrespecPress. rePrinTeD FroM SoUTheAST FArM PreSS tivefarms,”Lambsays.“Theyarevery ThePeanutProfitabilityAwards

Chastains honored with Valor Award

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ackandNormaChastainwere honoredwiththeValorAward presentedbyJohnAltomof Valent.TheawardwaspresentedduringtheSouthernPeanut GrowersConferenceheldJuly18-20, 2013,inPanamaCityBeach,Fla. “Valorisdefinedascourageand boldness,asinbattle,bravery,couragein defenseofanoblecause,”Altomsays whilepresentingtheaward.“Ourrecipientshavespentalifetimeprovidingthat kindofleadershiptothepeanutindustry. Theyhavemadealifemissionofintegrityandservicetotheircommunity,their employees,theirneighbors,andtheircustomers.” JackandNormametattheUniversity ofGeorgiaandbothhadaknowledgeof thepeanutbusiness.Heknewhowto

John Altom with Valent presents the Valor Award to Norma and Jack Chastain during the Southern Peanut Growers Conference held recently in Florida.

stackpeanutsandherfatherfinanced farmersandboughttheircrop. In1966Jackgraduatedfromthe UniversityofGeorgiaandheandNorma movedtoRochellewhereNorma’sfather Normanhadwhatmayhavebeenthe largestpeanutbuyingandwarehousing

businessinthestate.DosterWarehouse addedashellingplantin1970andJack boughtthebusinessfromNorma’sfather. TheChastain’sareinnovatorsand upgradedfromafivetonanhourplantto a15tonanhourfacilityandaddeda 27,000squarefootstorageforshelled peanuts. Theyalsoworkedwithlocalfarmers byprovidingsevenyearinterestfree financingforirrigationsystemsandmore than50pivotswereinstalled. In2005,Jackintroducedthepeanut industrytostoragedomes.TheChastain’s constructedthreestoragedomesbringing theirtotalinhullpeanutstoragecapacity inRochelleto32,000tons. Jackhasbeeninvolvedinmultiple industryorganizationsandhasworkedto movetheindustryforward.t

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Peanut Leadership Academy holds session in West Texas

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eanutfarmersandsheller representativesfrom Alabama,Georgia,Florida, MississippiandTexasvisitedWestTexasduringthePeanut LeadershipAcademy,sponsoredby SyngentaCropProtectionandthe AmericanPeanutShellersAssociation,in AugusttolearnaboutTexaspeanutproduction,aswellasparticipateinleadershiptraininginmediarelations. Dayoneoftheacademyconsistedof mediatrainingfromlocalnewsrepresentativesandcommunicationspecialists. Farmerswereabletoparticipateininterviewsandreceivefeedbackonthosethat werewell-done,waystoimprove,howto answerthemedia’squestions,etc. Additionally,farmersvisitedthe AmericanCottonGrowersDenimTextile PlantofLittlefield,Texas,ownedbya farmer-ownedcottonmarketingcooperative.Duringthisvisit,academyparticipantswereabletoseefirst-handthe processofturningbalesofcottoninto sheetsofdenim. Peanutfarmtourswereatthestartof daytwo.Farmerstouredpeanutacreage inBrownfield,Texas,anddiscussedthe differencesinpeanutproductionamong fellowleaderscomparedtoproductionin

Participants in the Peanut Leadership Academy tour West Texas during their third session in the program. The session in Texas focuses on media training and provided tours of the area including field stops in Brownfield, Texas.

Texas.Theafternoonwasspenttouring BirdsongPeanuts’shellingfacilityin BrownfieldandLostDrawVineyard, locally-ownedbyAndyTimmons. ThePeanutLeadershipAcademy, whichiscoordinatedbytheSouthern PeanutFarmersFederation,providesleadershiptrainingforyoungfarmersand shellerrepresentativesthroughoutthe peanutindustry.Throughthetraining,par-

ticipantsgainvaluableleadershipskillsto beusedinthefuture.Additionally,it givesgrowersandindustryrepresentativesaninsightintomanydifferenttypes ofissuesthepeanutindustryfaces. AdditionalinformationonthePeanut LeadershipAcademyisavailableonlineat www.southernpeanutfarmers.org.t By JeSSie TUrk

KMC’s Lanier Carson named Peanut Pioneer

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heNationalPeanutBuying PointsAssociationrecently namedLanierCarson,CEO ofKelleyManufacturing Co.’s(KMC)asthe2013PeanutPioneer. Thepresentationwasmadeduringthe association’sannualpre-harvestmeeting andsummerconferenceinAugust. ThePeanutPioneerawardrecognizes anindividualthathashelpedthepeanut industryevolveintoapowerfuleconomic engineandpioneerednewandinnovative developmentstobetterthepeanutbuying pointsegmentandtheentirepeanut industry. “Thisyear’srecipientislike ChristopherColumbus”saysKenny Brownlee,NPBPApresident.“Hehasa

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newidea,launchesitandwatchesit work.” CarsonwasborninBaxley,Ga.,and grewupworkingonhisuncle’sfarmin ApplingCounty,wheretheyfarmed tobaccoandpeanuts. InMayof1972,CarsonjoinedKMC astheirproductionengineer.Today, CarsonservesasaCo-Trusteeofthe EmployeeTrust,ChairmanoftheBoard andCEOofthecompany.Heisahandsonman.KMCleasesa486acrefarmin TiftCountyfromCarsonforthepurpose oftestingequipment. Duringhiscareer,Carsonhasdonatedmorethan$1millionpersonallytovariousgroups,mainlyagriculturalandreligious.t

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Kenny Brownlee (right), president of the National Peanut Buying Points Association, presents Lanier Carson (left) with the 2013 Peanut Pioneer Award. Carson has been instrumental in developing peanut equipment through his management of Kelley Manufacturing Co., located in Tifton, Ga.


Lamb explains market swings

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SDAagriculturaleconomistMarshallLamblikens U.S.peanutacreageand thepeanutmarketstoa rollercoasterride. SpeakingduringtherecentSouthern PeanutGrowersConferenceinPanama CityBeach,Fla.,Lambsaidheandthe peanutindustrywishesthatsomething couldbedonetoevenoutthesharp swingsinproductionfromyeartoyear andequallygyratingpeanutprices. Lambservesasresearchleaderatthe NationalPeanutResearchLaboratoryin Dawson,Ga.HelookedatpeanutproductionandexportsfromChina,India,the U.S.andArgentina,andreportedthat Argentinanowhas25to28percentof theworldpeanutexportmarket.“China exported36percentofworldpeanutvolumein2007,butexportedmuchlessin 2012,”heobserved.“TheU.S.exported morepeanutsin2012duetothelackof monsoonrainpatternsinIndiawhich droppedIndia’sshareofexportsto China.” Lambsays70to80percentofall peanutexportsinmostyearsarefilled duringthefirstfourmonthsofthemarketingyear.“Idon’tthinkwe’llreachthe 300,000-tonexportleveltoChina,”he says.“Chinaleftthemarketallofasudden.Also,themonsoonrainscameback toIndia.” Asaresult,Lambsaystheexport marketsnowofmostimportancetothe U.S.includeCanada,Mexico,the EuropeanUnionandJapan.“Exportsto theEuropeanUnionhavedoubled,”he says.“Mexicoisourfastestgrowing exportmarket.AndinCanada,percapita peanutconsumptionishigherthaninthe U.S.” “We’vebeenonarollercoasterride inU.S.peanutacreage,”hesays.“These upsanddownsinacreagearedueto price.”Inotherwords,highprices encouragemorepeanutplantings,while lowpricespromptfarmerstoreduce peanutplantingsthefollowingseason. Lambsaysupanddownswingsare evidencethatthemarketsystemisworkingandisself-correctinginresponseto overandundersupplies.“We’recoming offourbiggestcropin2012andour

largestamountof peanutscarriedforward,”hesays.“Asa result,farmersreduced acreagedrastically whenplantingtheir 2013peanuts.Wedon’t knowwhatthe2013 yieldswillbeyet,but theremaybeopportunitiesinlate2013orearly 2014tomakemoney withfarmerstock USDA agricultual economist Marshall Lamb discusses the peanut peanuts.” market to attendees during the Southern Peanut Growers Conference Heobservedthat held recently in Florida. changesinthepeanut program,especiallythe deliveriescomein.Andcarryoutisthe eliminationofthequotasystem,has numberofpeanutstogetyoufromone changedthewaypeanutsaremarketed. croptothenextcrop.” “It’smoreofafreemarketsystemnow,” “In2010,therewerealotofpeanuts heexplained.“Thefreemarketisworking fromtheSoutheastthatwenttocrushing, forpeanuts.Theseupanddownswingsin andthisloweredtheamountofediblecarproductionareevidencethatsuppliesand ryout,”Lambsays.“Asaresult,bythe demandeventuallycomeintobalance.” endof2011,farmerswithuncontracted Commentingonprospectsforthe peanutswereofferedmorethan$1,000 2013crop,heacknowledgedthatfield perton.” conditionshavebeenwetinthe Thehighyieldsfromthe2012crop Southeast.Despitethewetweather,he yearledtoaJuly31,2013,carryoutestifeelsthisyear’scropcanstillproduce matedat1.26milliontons,accordingto goodyields.ButhewarnedthatahighLamb.Hebelievesagoodcarryoutnumpressureweathersystemcouldquickly berthatwillbenefittheentireindustry drythecropoutandreduceyield wouldbeabout600,000tons.“Producers prospects.Anotherpossibilitywouldbe wanttoseea400,000-toncarryout. rainfallduringtheharvestseasonsuchas Shellerswouldlikea700,000-toncarryin2002,andthatcouldresultinlosing out,whilemanufacturerswantevenmore peanutsatharvest. peanutstobecarriedforward.” Since2008,anddespitedroughtsin Lambsays,“Weneed1.5million 2010and2011,U.S.peanutyields tonsproducedthisyeartogetsupplyback reachedafairlystableplateauofabout inbalance.Wehavealotofpeanutsinthe 3,348poundsperacre.Thatallchanged loannow.WealsoneedtoseetheFarm withthe2012cropwhenU.S.yields ServiceAgencycertifiedacreagereports peakedatarecord4,192poundsperacre, beforeweknowtheactualacreageplantaccordingtoLamb.Asaresult,U.S. edin2013.” growersproducedatotalofabout3.4milHeconcludedbysayingthatmarkets lionfarmerstocktons. areintransitionnowandthereisalotof Thepeanutmarketingyearbeginsin uncertainty.Headvisedfarmerstolook AugustandextendsthroughJulyofthe closelyatacreageandyieldcombinations. followingyear. Henotedthatexcitementoverexportshas Ifthereisonekeynumberthat waned.“Watchloanmaturitydates,and explainspeanutacreageandprices,itis consideroffersforyourpeanutsbefore thecarryout.“IstoponJuly31tolookat theyareforfeited,”hesays. thecarryoutnumberattheendofthe Insummary,hesays,“Ijustwish marketingyear,”hesays.Thisdateiskey therewassomethingwecouldalldo becauseitisthetransitionfromonecrop aboutthewideswingsinproduction.”t tothenext.Octoberiswhennewcrop By John LeiDner October/November 2013 Southeastern Peanut Farmer

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2012 Peanut Achievement Club winners

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heUniversityofGeorgia hasrecognizedtenfarmers asmembersofthe2012 PeanutAchievementClub forproducinghighyieldsin2012. Thefarmerswerehonoredatthe SouthernPeanutGrowersConference heldthispastsummerinPanamaCity Beach,Fla. TheGeorgiapeanutproducersrecognizedincludedArtDorminyofIrwin Countywithayieldof6,808poundsper acrefrom322acres,AlSudderthof CalhounCountywithayieldof6,623 poundsperacrefrom411.9acres,Eddie Miller,Jr.,ofSeminoleCountywitha yieldof6,752poundsperacrefrom637.9 acres,MichaelDavidSelphofWilcox Countywithayieldof6,610poundsper acrefrom577.3acres,PhilipGrimesfrom TiftCountywithayieldof6,474pounds peracrefrom659.1acres,JimmyWebb ofCalhounCountywithayieldof6,465 poundsperarefrom890acres,Kevin RentzofDecaturCountywithayieldof 5,376poundsperacrefrom974.9acres, KenHallfromWorthCountywithayield of5,252poundsperacrefrom1,266 acres,WayneSayerofIrwinCountywith ayieldof5,301poundsperacrefrom 3,889acres,andEddieMiller,IIIof SeminoleCountywithayieldof6,383 poundsperacrefrom179acres. Manyofthesehighyieldproducers ormembersoftheirfamilieshavebeen recognizedbytheAchievementClubin previousyears. Statewideyieldsincreasedconsiderablyin2012,from3,625poundsperacre in2011tothewhopping4,550poundsper acrefor2012.However,averageyields forthenewestmembersofthe AchievementClubwereuponlyslightly in2012,from6,202poundsperacrein 2011to6,204poundsperacrein2012. NathanSmith,UniversityofGeorgia Extensioneconomist,hasanalyzedsome oftheproductionpracticesfromthehighyieldproducers.Hesaysmostofthe farmersareusingfour-yearcroprotations. Inadditiontopeanuts,theothercropsin theirrotationstypicallyincludecottonand corn. Thedominantpeanutvarietyforall ofthe2012growerswasGeorgia-06G. ThreeofthetenfarmsplantedGeorgia

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Highest Average Yield in the 100-300 acre category Eddie Miller III - Seminole County 6,383 lbs/acre on 179 acres Highest Average Yield in the 300 acres and above category (and highest overall average yield in Georgia in 2012) Art Dorminy - Irwin County 6,808 lbs/acre on 322 acres The remaining eight producers are recognized for highest yields in the 300-700 acre category and 700 acre plus category: 300-700 acre category Al Sudderth – Calhoun County 6,623 lbs/acre on 411.9 acres Eddie Miller Jr. - Seminole County 6,752 lbs/acre on 637.9 acres Michael David Selph - Wilcox County 6,610 lbs/acre on 577.3 acres Philip Grimes – Tift County 6,474 lbs/acre on 659.1 acres 700 acres plus category Jimmy Webb - Calhoun County Kevin Rentz - Decatur County Ken Hall - Worth County Wayne Sayer - Irwin County

6,465 5,376 5,252 5,301

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890 acres 974.9 acres 1,266 acres 3,889 acres

The Georgia Peanut Achievement Club is sponsored by Syngenta and BASF.

GreenerandGeorgia-07Winadditionto Georgia-06G.“Allbutoneofthe AchievementClubfarmersfromthepast threeyearsplantedintwinrows,”said Smith.“Thesefarmsusedseedingratesof sixtotenseedperfoot.” Bottomplowingwasalsousedextensivelyinlandpreparation,accordingto Smith.Heseesadecliningtrendamong thehighyieldproducersintheuseofdisk harrowsandfieldcultivators. KenHallofWorthCountywasthe onlyproducerfromthe2012 AchievementClubtousestriptillplanting.“Iplantmypeanutsintoryecover crops,”hesays.“Istartedfarmingin1980 rightoutofhighschool.”HewasrecognizedforhisyieldsbytheAchievement Clubin2008,2009,2011andfor2012. “Wemissedbeingrecognizedin2010

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becauseanotherfarmhadahigheryield byonepoundperacre,”headds. Inearlieryears,hisfather,KenHall, Sr.,wonthehighyieldawardmanytimes. Thisyear,theHallshavenotneededirrigationfortheirpeanuts.Lastyear,the highyieldswereproducedwithabout eightinchesofwaterintenirrigation applications. PhillipGrimesofTiftCountyhas beenaconsistentmemberofthe AchievementClub,goingbacksome20 yearswhenhesaidhewasfirstrecognizedforayieldofabout5,200pounds peracre. JohnBeasley,UniversityofGeorgia Extensionpeanutagronomist,explained thattheAchievementClubwinnersare recognizedbyregionwithinthestateand byacreagecategory.Separateawardsare


Beasley retires from UGA, heads to Auburn

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ongtimeUniversityof GeorgiaExtensionpeanut agronomistJohnBeasley hasannouncedthathewill beretiringfromhisUniversityofGeorgia positionlaterthisyear,andthathewill acceptanadministrativepositionwith AuburnUniversity. Beasleymadetheannouncement whileattherecentSouthernPeanut GrowersConferenceheldinPanamaCity Beach,Fla.Hisannouncementcameduringadinnerhonoringhigh-yieldGeorgia farmersrecognizedasmembersofthe 2012PeanutAchievementClub. AtAuburn,Beasleywillheadthe Dept.ofAgronomyandSoils.This departmentwasrecentlyre-namedasthe Dept.ofCrop,SoilandEnvironmental Sciences.Heseeshisnewpositionasa greatopportunity.Hehopestohaveapositiveinfluenceonthefaculty,staffand studentsinthedepartment.Healsolooks forwardtoworkingwithothercommodity groupssuchasthoseforcottonandsoybeans.WhilehewillmisshiscloseassociationwiththeGeorgiapeanutindustry, hepromisesthathewillcontinueto attendmajorpeanutindustrymeetings. BeasleybeginshisnewjobonJan.1, 2014andwillreplacelongtimedepartmentheadJoeTouchton.Touchtonis retiringafterworking33yearsonthe Auburnfacultyandspending24yearsas departmenthead. WhileworkingasExtensionpeanut agronomist,Beasleymadesignificant contributionstopeanutfarminginthe Southeast,especiallyintheareasofplantingdates,varietyselection,rowspacing, seedingratesandmaturitydetermination. Hisadvicehelpedpeanutfarmersdeal

withthethreatoftomatospottedwilt virusandotheryield-damagingconditions. Beasleybeganhiscareerasa UniversityofGeorgiaExtensionpeanut agronomistin1985,andfrom1987-2005 heworkedcloselywithanotherExtension peanutagronomist,JohnBaldwin.The twofilledpositionspreviouslyheldby RonHenningandFrankMcGill. Whenhewasfirsthired,Beasley joinedtheGeorgiaExtensionpeanutteam whosemembersthenincludedplant pathologistSamThompson,entomologist HerbWomack,agriculturalengineer LawtonSamplesandweedscientist CharlesSwann.“Theytrainedme,” Beasleyrecalled.Twoothermembersof theUGA PeanutTeamatthattimewere CarrollJohnson(agronomist)andMark Eason(agriculturaleconomist). BeasleypaidtributetopastandpresentExtensionpeanutteammembersand themanyGeorgiacountyExtension agentshehasworkedwithovertheyears. “Nouniversitymeansasmuchtopeanut growersastheUniversityofGeorgia,”he said.“Wehaveagreatteam.Ourpeanut teamisaresourceforouragents.Andour countyagentsareterrific.Webelieve stronglyinthecountydeliverysystem.” ReturningtoAuburnwillbelike goinghomeforBeasley.Heisa1979 graduateofthedepartmenthewillsoon lead.Beasleyalsoreceivedamaster’s degreefromOklahomaStateUniversity. HeearnedhisPh.D.incropsciencefrom LouisianaStateUniversityin1985,the yearhewashiredtobeGeorgiaExtension peanutspecialist. Beasleyhasbeenwidelyrecognized forhisworkwithpeanuts.Heretiresfrom

presentedforproducerswith100to300 acres,forthosewith300to700acres,and forfarmerswithmorethan700acresof peanuts. Thehighestyieldsrecognizedwere producedbyArtDorminyofIrwin County. KevinRentzofDecaturCountysaid hisfarmproduced6,200poundsperacre in2011towininthesamecategorythat year. ThefatherandsonduoofEddie Miller,Jr.andEddie“Dee”Miller,IIIdid

welllastyear.Thiswasthefirstyearfor DeetoberecognizedbytheAchievement Clubforproducingthehighestyieldsin the100to300acrecategory.Deestarted farmingonhisownasaseniorinhigh schoolduring2005.HereceivedatwoyearagbusinessdegreefromAbraham BaldwinAgriculturalCollege,whilefarmingontheweekendsduringhistimeat ABAC.Hisdadwasrecognizedbythe AchievementClubforthethirdtimefor hishighyields. Beasleywasespeciallyimpressed

While working as Extension peanut agronomist, John Beasley made significant contributions to peanut farming in the Southeast, especially in the areas of planting dates, variety selection, row spacing, seeding rates and maturity determination.

theUniversityofGeorgiawiththeacademicrankofprofessor.Hehasbeen namedaFellowforboththeAmerican SocietyofAgronomyandtheAmerican PeanutResearchandEducationSociety. HeisanativeofColumbia,Ala. TheannouncementbyBeasleycaught manyofthefarmersatthedinnerbysurprise.OneofthosefarmerswasKenHall ofWorthCounty.OnbehalfofGeorgia peanutfarmers,Hallstoodupandthanked Beasleyforhismanyyearsofserviceand wishedhimwellinhisnewassignment.t By John LeiDner withthe2012yieldsofWayneSayerin IrwinCounty.Sayerproduced5,301 poundsperacrefrom3,889acres.Sayer sayshis2012cropreceivedtimelyrainfallduringthecrop’speggingstage.His 2012yieldswerehishighestever,andhe sayshehasbeenrecognizedbythe AchievementClubfiveorsixtimes. InadditiontotheUniversityof Georgia,the2012PeanutAchievement ClubawardsweresponsoredbySyngenta andBASF.t By John LeiDner

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Washington Outlook by Robert L. Redding Jr.

Farm Bill continues to stall in Congress TheU.S.CongresstookitsAugustBreakwithout completingworkonthe2013FarmBill.TheSenatehas passedtheFarmBillandtheHouseofRepresentativeshas passedFarmBillprovisionsexcludingtheNutritionTitle. TheHouseisexpectedtoaddressthenutritionprovisionsuponitsreturn.Thecurrent2008FarmBillextensionexpiresonSeptember30,2013. BoththeSenateandtheHousehaveincludedpeanut programprovisionsintheirlegislativepackagespassed priortotheAugustBreak.TheGeorgiaPeanut CommissionandtheSouthernPeanutFarmersFederation areencouragingmembersofCongresstomoveforward withthecompletionoftheFarmBillversusanotherextension.

House democrats ask speaker to include nutrition title DuringtheAugustbreak,Housedemocratsledby CongresswomanRosaDeLauro,D-Conn.,sentaletterto HouseSpeakerJohnBoehner,R-Ohio,stressingthe importanceoftheSupplementalNutritionAssistance Program(SNAP)andtheNutritionTitle. Theletterstated,“Unfortunately,theRepublicanleadershiprecentlyforcedthroughaFarmBillreauthorization, H.R.2642,whichdidnotincludethenutritiontitle,a majorpartoftheFarmBillthatwouldreauthorizeSNAP. Wevotedagainstthisbillinlargepartbecauseofthis intentionalomission.Westrongly believeinthecriticalimportanceofSNAP.Giventhe essentialnatureofthisprogramtomillionsofAmerican families,thefinallanguageoftheFarm BilloranyotherlegislationrelatedtoSNAPmustbe craftedtoensurethatwedonotincreasehungerin America.”

Senate confirms Krysta Harden as Deputy Secretary AfteraSenateAgricultureCommitteehearing,the fullSenateconfirmedCamilla,Ga.,nativeKrystaHarden asDeputySecretaryofAgriculture.DeputySecretary HardenpreviouslyservedasChiefofStaffattheU.S. DepartmentofAgriculture. DeputySecretaryHardenhasbegunherdutiesatthe U.S.DepartmentofAgriculturehavingbeensworninby SecretaryTomVilsack.

Adminstration issues executive order for chemical facility safety and security PresidentObamahassignedanExecutiveOrderintendedto improvethesafetyandsecurityofchemicalfacilitiesandreducethe risksofhazardouschemicalstoworkersandcommunities.The ExecutiveOrderonImprovingFacilitySafetyandSecuritydirects theFederalGovernmentto: •improveoperationalcoordinationwithstateandlocalpartners; •enhanceFederalagencycoordinationandinformationsharing; •modernizepolicies,regulationsandstandards;and •workwithstakeholderstoidentifybestpractices.

New EPA Chief to work closer with ag GinaMcCarthy,newU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgency (EPA)Administrator,discussedimprovingEPA’srelationshipwith theagricultureindustryincommentsreportedbytheDesMoines Register.AdministratorMcCarthy,inanIowaspeech,committedto builda“stronger,moreproductive,moretrustingrelationship betweenEPAandtheagriculturecommunity.” TheU.S.HouseofRepresentativeshasheldmultiplehearings andmuchlegislationhasbeenintroducedrelatedtotheimpactof EPA’sregulatoryeffortsontheagricultureindustry.

Chairwoman Stabenow introduces ag research legislation U.S.SenateAgricultureCommitteeChairwomanDebbie StabenowhasintroducedtheCharitableAgriculturalResearchAct, SenateBill1280,whichamendsthetaxcodetoallowforthecreationofnewcharitable,tax-exemptagriculturalresearchorganizations.ChairwomanStabenowwantstohelpspurnewagricultural researchbyleveragingprivatedollarstocreatecharitablepartnershipsbetweenuniversitiesandprivateentities. “Innovationiscriticalinprotectingthehealthandwelfareofour ruralcommunitiesandexpandingouragricultureeconomy,” ChairwomanStabenowsays.“Americanagricultureoutpacesand outperformseveryothernationintheworldbecauseofdecadesof researchthathasledustobemoreefficientwithfewerresources. ThisproductivityhascreatedanAmericanagriculturalsectorthat’s 16millionjobsstrong.Thisisa‘win-win’effortthatbuildson decadesofsuccessandmomentumbycontinuingtopursuenew research,anddoingsoinacost-effectivewaybyengagingtheprivatesector.”

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Airplane trivia wins a fifth of Jack Editor’s note: Frank McGill, retired University of Georgia peanut agronomist, shares a lighthearted story regarding the farm bill from the late 1970s.

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t’sSeptember!Atpresstime, thereisstillnoagreement betweenthetwohousesof CongressonaPeanutBillfor the2013cropyear.Thehotbuttonpoliticalissuesarestillalive,whichisnormal; however,theyhaveagreedononebig politicalissue:thatFoodandNutrition willbeseparatedfromtheGeneralFarm Bill.Itisnotyetknownwhetherthiswill begoodorbad. Historically,someCongressional urbanrepresentativeshaveoftenreluctantlysupportedtheFarmBillin exchangeforruralCongressionalrepresentativesreluctantlysupportingtheFood andNutritioncomponents.SomeGeorgia peanutgrowershavebecomeincreasingly agitatedsinceFoodandNutrition accountsforapproximately80percentof thecostwithfarmsubsidiesaccounting fortheremaining20percent.Theycontendthatitshouldnotbecalledjusta FarmBill.

Backinthelate1970stheFarmBill, includingpeanuts,wasanotherpolitical cliffhanger,butnotwithoutadashof humoralongtheway.Thatyear,afullday ofhearingsinWashingtonhadbeenset forallsegmentsoftheU.S.peanutindustrytotestify,eitherfororagainstthelanguagecontainedinthePeanutBill. Duringprevioushearingsthatspring,the peanutgrowerrepresentativeshadtakena beatingandtheoutlookforfavorable peanutlegislationwasdismal,withlittle hopeofholdingontoanykindofpeanut legislation. Onthewayup,therewastimefora littlehumor.OntheDeltaflightfrom AtlantatoWashingtontoattendtheonedayhearing,theflightattendantsaid,“It’s timeforalittlegameontheflightto Washingtonthismorning.”Myquestion is,“Howmanypassengersdoyouthink DeltaAirlinesusuallycarriesonany givendayintheirentireworldwideflight network?”Acardwaspassedoutbythe stewardesstoeachpassengertorecordhis estimatewithafive-minutetimelimitation. Havingabsolutelynoclue,Iput

“75,000passengers”onmycard.There werefiveotherGeorgiapeanutgrowers onboard.Thecardswerecollectedandthestewardesssaid,“Willthepersonin seat#32Bpleasecomeforwardtoreceive yourprize?Theansweris72,460passengers.”Sheproudlypresentedmeafifthof JackDanielsliquor.KnowingIwasa “dry”bone,anattemptwasmadetopass ittoanyothergrowerrepresentative,but eachrefused. Aboutthattimeweheard,“Buckle yourseatbeltsforlandingin Washington.”Ireachedformybriefcase andtheJackDanielsbottlewouldnotfit init.Everyonehadabiglaughexceptme. ThepresidentoftheGeorgiaFarmBureau wasonboardandsaid,“Ican’twaittoget backtoGeorgia.Iftheywanttoknow whywearehavingsuchatimewiththis peanutbill,itisbecauseIsawourpeanut mangetofftheairplaneinWashington, D.C.,withabriefcaseinonehandanda fifthofJackDanielsliquorintheother hand!”t P.S. The liquor was traded for cab fare from the airport to the meeting place. By FrAnk MCGiLL

USDA to survey peanut producers

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nOctober,theU.S.Department ofAgriculture’sNational AgriculturalStatisticsService (NASS)willbegincontacting peanutgrowerstolearnabouttheirproductionpracticesduringthe2013growing seasonfortheAgriculturalResource ManagementSurvey(ARMS).NASSand USDA’sEconomicResearchService (ERS)jointlyconductthisthree-phase survey,thesecondphaseofwhichgathers dataonfarmers’chemicaluse,pestmanagementandirrigationpracticesforthe peanutcrop. “Inrecentyearstherehavebeensignificantchangesinthepeanutindustry,” saidNASSSouthernRegionDirector DougKleweno.“Theresultsofthissurveywillupdateinformationonthese majorsectorsofagriculturalproduction andwillensurethatagriculturalleaders, legislators,andproducersthemselvescan basetheirdecisionsonaccuratedatathat

comesdirectlyfromthegrowers.” ARMS,whichisconductedinthree separatephasesduringthegrowingseason,servesastheprimarysourceofinformationonproductionpractices,resource useandeconomicwell-beingof America’sfarmoperationsandfarm households. DuringthesecondphaseofARMS, NASSwillcollectinformationonly throughpersonalinterviewing.Trained representativeswillconductface-to-face interviewswithapproximately900peanut growersnationwidebeginninginOctober andcontinuingthroughmid-December. Klewenosaidinterviewerswillask peanutgrowerstoprovideinformationon theirfertilizerornutrientuseandbiocontrolorchemicaluse,andtheirpestmanagementandirrigationpractices.Some participantswillbeaskedtoprovideadditionaleconomicandcostofproduction dataearlynextyear.

Allsectorsoftheagriculturalindustryrelyonthisinformation.Thesedata arerelevantforfarmers,producerorganizations,agribusinesses,policymakers,and evenusersoutsideoftheagcommunity. NASSwillpublishthechemicalusedata inaMay2014report. AswithallNASSsurveys,informationprovidedbyrespondentsisconfidentialbylaw.NASSsafeguardstheprivacy ofallrespondentsandpublishesdataonly inaggregateform,ensuringthatnoindividualoperationorgrowercanbeidentified. FormoreinformationonNASSsurveysandreports,visit http://www.nass.usda.govorcallthe NASSGeorgiaFieldOfficeat800-2534419.t rePrinTeD FroM GeorGiA FArM BUreAU LeADerShiP ALerT

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Southern Peanut Growers Southern Peanut Growers selects 2013 Chef’s Recipe Contest WInners TheSouthernPeanutGrowershasselectedthewinners inthe2013Chef’sRecipeContest.Thewinnerswillbe announcedattheInternationalFoodserviceEditorial CouncilmeetingOctober28–30inPortland,Ore.Ofall entriessubmitted,ninefinalistsweretested.Thefourwinningrecipeswerephotographedforplacementalongwith therecipeinfoodservicetradepublicationsinthe2014editorialyear. Thewinnersare:

Appetizer WarmThaiPeanuts SubmittedbyKatyKeck,SavoirFaireFoods, NewYork,N.Y.

Side Dish SpicyPeanutSaucewithSpaghettiSquash SubmittedbyJimCuzzolina,TheHotSpot,Pacentia,Calif.

Main Dish (and Grand Prize Winner) PeanutandTomato‘Pesto’ SubmittedbyFortunatoNicotra,FelidiaRestaurant, NewYork,N.Y.

Dessert PeanutCrostata SubmittedbyFortunatoNicotra,FelidiaRestaurant, NewYork,N.Y.

Peanut and Tomato ‘Pesto’ yield: 4 to 6 servings ingredients: 2½cupscherrytomatoes 16largebasilleaves 1largeclovegarlic,peeledandcrushed ½cuproastedpeanuts ½tsp.salt½cupextra-virginoliveoil Directions: Rinsethecherrytomatoes andbasilandpatdry.Drop thetomatoesintoafood processorbowl,followedby thebasil,garlic,peanutsand ½tsp.salt.Processforabout oneminutetoformafine puree;scrapethebowland processagain.Withthe machinestillrunning,pour intheoliveoilinaslow streamtoemulsifyintoa thickpesto. Serving suggestions: Usetomatopestoliketraditionalpestoinsuchdishesasspaghetti andseafood.Forthedish,tosscookedpastawithhalfthepestoand thentopwithbreadcrumbs,choppedtoastedpeanuts,chives,the remainingpestoandseafoodsuchaspoachedorgrilledshrimpor scallops.

Peanuts and peanut butter take center stage at Southern Women’s Shows this Fall

Peanuts sponsoring high school football game night on Comcast Sports South

TheSouthernPeanutGrowersandAlabamaPeanut ProducersAssociationwillshowcasepeanutsandpeanutbutter attheSouthernWomen’sShowinBirmingham,Ala.October3– 6.FridayattheshowwillbePeanutLover’sDay. TheSPGandFloridaPeanutProducersAssociationwill showcasepeanutsandpeanutbutterattheSouthernWomen’s ShowinJacksonville,Fla.October17–20.Fridayattheshow willbePeanutLover’sDay. Attendeeswillhavetheopportunitytoattendoneofsix cookingdemonstrationscelebratingourfavoritefoodduringthe four-dayshows.Newthisyearwillbenewproductsampling frommanufacturers,newrecipecardsandournewgluten-free recipebrochure.

Peanutswillheadlineduring15weeksofbig-timehigh schoolfootballmatchupsliveonComcastSportsSouthbeginningwithadouble-headerFriday,August30.TheSouthern PeanutGrowershasnegotiated,aspartoftheNationalPeanut Boardco-promotion,four30-secondcommercialspergame,a customizedin-gamefeatureincludingthepeanuttriviaquestion oftheweek,onehalf-pageadinthein-gameprogram,onehalfpageadinScoreAtlantanewspaper,onebanneradonCSSSports.com,on-siteactivationanda‘peanutscoreboard’during thegamestoupdatethetelevisionaudienceonotherbiggame scoresthatevening.Lookforpeanutsduringthegamesthisfall!

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Southern Peanut Growers 1025 Sugar Pike Way · Canton, Georgia 30115 (770) 751-6615 · FAX (770) 751-6417 email: lpwagner@comcast.net Visit our Web site at http://www.peanutbutterlovers.com


National Peanut Board approves new brand platform “The Perfectly Powerful Peanut”

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heNationalPeanutBoard helditsquarterlyboard meetinginAtlanta,Aug. 6-8andunanimously approvedtheFiscalYear14Programof WorkwithanewNPBbrandplatform, “ThePerfectlyPowerfulPeanut”anda heightenedconsumer-focusedcampaign addressingpeanutallergyeducation. Theboardunanimouslyapproveda budgetof$8.6millionforFY14,which beginsNov.1andendsOct.31,2014. Beforeimplementation,theFY-14budget andprogramofworkmustbereviewed andapprovedbyUSDA. “ThePerfectlyPowerfulPeanut” brandplatformadvancesNPB’sstrategic branddirectionbasedonconsumertrends towardhealthandwellness.Oneofthe mainreasonsconsumersarebuyingnuts todayisfortheirhealthbenefits.Thenew brandplatformprovidesamessagethatis unifyingtotheentirepeanutindustryand leveragespeanuts’competitiveconsumer benefits.

“ThePerfectlyPowerfulPeanutconnectswithhealthandwellnessnewsthat peanutshave7gramsofplant-basedproteinandareaSuperfoodwithmorethan 30vitaminsandminerals,”saidVic Jordan,NPBchairmanandfarmerfrom Louisiana.“Wewanttobuildonthese nutritionbenefitsandtheloveAmericans ofallageshaveforpeanutsandpeanut butter,whileincreasingourcompetitivenessinthemarketplace.” “ThePerfectlyPowerfulPeanut” linesuptheNationalPeanutBoard’smessagingwithanyindustryinitiativeand worksequallywellacrossallindustry groups,brandsandwithotherstakeholders.Itisanopportunitytogalvanizethe entireindustryandgarnerbroadsupport foracommonthemeanddirection. Tomaximizereachfor“ThePerfectly PowerfulPeanut”brandplatform,NPB willexecuteanintegratedadvertising mediacampaignandpublicrelationsinitiativeduringthefirstquarterof2014to workeffectivelywithconsumerandtrade

audiences. Peanut Allergy Education Effort Expands Inotherinitiatives,theBoardvoted unanimouslytoapproveamorevigilant programtoeducateconsumersonthesubjectofpeanutallergy.Theprogramof workwillincreaseunderstandingabout accuratediagnosisandprovidesciencebasedallergyinformationtoconsumers. WhiletheBoardrecognizesthatscientific datashowsapproximatelyonetotwopercentofAmericansareallergictopeanuts, consumerresearchshowsthatmillionsof Americanconsumerswhothinktheyhave apeanutallergymaybemisinformedor wereneverproperlydiagnosedbya trainedphysician. Sinceitsinceptionin2001,National PeanutBoardhasinvestedmorethan$9 millioninallergyresearchandeducation initiatives. Beforeimplementation,theFY-14 budgetandprogramofworkmustbe reviewedandapprovedbyUSDA.t

Introducing the peanut novelty items including . . . belts, money clips, wallets, key chains, photo frames, and more.

To place an order, contact: Georgia Peanut Commission Phone: 229-386-3470 Email: info@gapeanuts.com Website: www.gapeanuts.com Click on Photo Gallery to view photos of Georgia Peanut Commission Gift Shop items. October/November 2013 Southeastern Peanut Farmer

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Georgia’s Largest Commodity Show January 16, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center Tifton, Georgia Free farmer lunch Pesticide applicators certification More than 95 Exhibits Nearly $40,000 in doorprizes

Learn more about the 2014 Georgia Peanut Farm Show by scanning this code with your smartphone.

www.gapeanuts.com

For more information contact: Georgia Peanut Commission P.O. Box 967, Tifton GA 31793 Phone: 229-386-3470 Fax: 229-386-3501 Email: info@gapeanuts.com


Southeastern Peanut Farmer - Oct/Nov 2013