Peanut Sock Hop

August 8, 2014

spgc14-sock-hopFor the first time since we have been covering this event, I left before the final dinner and entertainment this year and it looks like I missed one of the best ever!

Sponsored as always by our good friends at Syngenta, the entertainment featured a blast from the past with Rocky & the Rollers who kept everyone bopping as they played the classic hits from the 50’s and 60’s.

You seriously have to check out all the photos in the Georgia Peanut Growers 2014 SPGC Photo Album. Some great outfits there!

See you next year, peanut lovers!

2014 SPGC photo album


Peanuts and Pirates

August 8, 2014

spgc14-piratesA special event sponsored by DuPont at the 2014 Southern Peanut Growers Conference let the little peanuts be pirates while the old salts enjoyed time on the high seas.

The “Sea Dragon” Pirate Cruise is one of Panama City Beach’s premier attractions that includes an exceptional sightseeing experience of the waters, shoreline and wildlife near the entrance to St. Andrews Bay. The little peanut pirates enjoyed sword fighting, swabbing the deck, firing the “Kid cannon”, reading a treasure map, finding a sunken treasure and sharing the loot.

It was fun for all thanks to gold sponsor DuPont Crop Protection – hope they do it again next year so I can go!

Check out more photos from SPGC here – Georgia Peanut Growers 2014 SPGC Photo Album

Thanks to Blog Sponsor AgTechnologies/Trimble

August 1, 2014

spgc14-agtechAgTechnologies/Trimble has been the sponsor of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference blog here since the beginning in 2008.

“AgTechnologies is a full service precision ag provider,” said representative Robbie Tabb (pictured here, center). They are a Trimble retailer and offer a full line of precision products including guidance and variable rate systems for seed and fertilizer. “We also offer irrigation control and monitoring now, which is new for us,” Robbie said, adding that Trimble is moving forward in the variable rate irrigation area.

Robbie believes southern peanut growers are among the most technologically advanced in the nation. “We think of technology in the Midwest, but the southeastern United States has adopted more precision ag technology that just about anywhere else,” he said. “We truly appreciate their business and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

And we truly appreciate AgTechnologies’ sponsorship of the SPGC blog. See you again next year!

Listen To MP3Comments from Robbie Tabb, AgTechnologies

2014 SPGC photo album

Gridlock, Regulations and Spending

August 1, 2014

spgc-reddingNow that a new farm bill has been passed and is in the process of being implemented, attention in Washington for peanut growers has been more focused on regulations than legislation.

“We’ve had gridlock now for most of President Obama’s administration and we’re seeing the administration working more through the regulatory process in moving policy,” said Bob Redding, The Redding Firm. “The fear is a regulation is proposed, we get to make comments, and then the agency decides to do it.” One of those regulations of concern is the proposed Waters of the United States rule from EPA, which Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) talked about in detail at the conference.

Redding says Congress will likely get very little done before the election and then we’ll likely have a lame duck session. “They’ll have a continuing resolution for appropriations,” he said. “What we’re seeing now is really treading water maintenance. We’re seeing Congress is willing to fund pretty much status quo.”

Listen To MP3Comments from Bob Redding, The Redding Firm

2014 SPGC photo album

Peanut Genomes and Research Direction

August 1, 2014

spgc14-bertioliEarlier this year, the International Peanut Genome Initiative successfully sequenced the genomes of two ancestral parents of the modern cultivated peanut.

“Those two added together are very similar to the peanut genome,” said Dr. David Bertioli who explained how this provides researchers access to 96 percent of all peanut genes in their genomic context that can result in faster breeding of drought- and disease-resistant, lower-input and higher-yielding varieties of peanuts.

Listen To MP3Interview with Dr. David Bertioli, UGA

spgc14-touchtonAlso during the production issues session, Dr. Joe Touchton, Auburn University professor emeritus, talked about the direction of research funded by peanut producers. He has found that peanut dollars on both the state and national level are being spent effectively to meet research needs. “Even though there’s not enough dollars, they can leverage them out against experiment station money and get a lot of bang for the buck,” said Touchton.

He says there are nearly 80 peanut researchers in three different states in a variety of areas and it is well coordinated to avoid duplication in order to leverage dollars efficiently.

Listen To MP3Interview with Dr. Joe Touchton, Auburn professor emeritus

2014 SPGC photo album

Ag Leader Takes Peanut Growers to AgFiniti

August 1, 2014

spgc-14-agleaderThis was the fifth year that Ag Leader Technology was a sponsor and exhibitor at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and the best so far, according to representative Tre Hammontree.

“This is the best turnout and the best traffic we’ve had,” said Tre. “Mainly they are interested in steering and they know we can go on any brand.”

Ag Leader’s new product offering this year was the cloud-based platform AgFiniti. “It’s basically a wireless product that we’ve brought out recently,” Tre explained. “Making it easier for growers to access forms and files they need in the field without having to come back to the office, and also to be able to troubleshoot in the field from the office.”

Listen To MP3Interview with Tre Hammontree, Ag Leader

2014 SPGC photo album

Addressing Peanut Allergy Concerns with Facts

August 1, 2014

npb-sherryLess than one percent of the overall population have peanut allergies but sometimes the concerns about the issue override the facts and that is something the National Peanut Board (NPB) is working to address.

Sherry Coleman Collins is a registered dietitian nutritionist consultant with the NPB who discussed how they are doing that. “We really have a well-rounded approach to addressing peanut allergies,” she said. “We reach out to the media to make sure they have the right information. We reach out to school nutrition professionals and we have a great new website called “” that will be specifically focused on the consumer.”

Sherry says they address concerns about casual content, being in the room with peanuts and peanut butter, and the fact that odor doesn’t cause a reaction. “We talk to them about airborne anaphylaxis, which is a bit of a misunderstood issue. Many people think that because someone has a peanut allergy they can’t even be near a peanut butter sandwich, and that’s not the facts at all.

Listen To MP3Interview with Sherry Coleman Collins, NPB consultant

2014 SPGC photo album