Trade Opportunities with China

July 29, 2015

spgc-15-chinaEarlier this year, a group of peanut industry representatives including Bob Parker of the National Peanut Board and Don Koehler with the Georgia Peanut Commission visited China on a trade mission organized by the American Peanut Council.

Bob and Don gave an overview of the challenges and opportunities they found in the most populous country in the world during the very last session at the 2015 Southern Peanut Growers Conference. “We want to sell raw peanut to markets around the world, that’s our traditional business model,” said Parker. “But we realize with on-line commerce there’s some great opportunities for our manufacturers to sell more finished products to China.”

China is the number one peanut producing country in the world, but Koehler says it’s really not very efficient. “It’s more modern than just with the water buffalo anymore,” Don says. “But it’s still one row production in most of the areas and it’s older people doing it, the young people don’t want to work quite that hard.”

Listen to more of what Bob and Don learned on their visit to China in this interview:Listen To MP3Interview with Bob Parker, National Peanut Board, and Don Koehler, GA Peanut Commission (MP3)

2015 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album


2015 Peanut Profitability Awards

July 29, 2015

spgc-15-pp-winnersThe 16th annual Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards were presented at the 2015 Southern Peanut Growers Conference, as usual.

This year’s winners, from left to right, are pictured here with Dr. Marshall Lamb of the National Peanut Research Laboratory who serves as advisor for the awards program.

Left to right the winners this year are:

Southwest region – Anthony Reed of Oklahoma
Upper Southeast region – Brian McClam of South Carolina
Lower Southeast region – Johnny Cochran from Sylvester, Georgia

Listen to interviews from each of the winners and from Dr. Lamb by clicking on the links below:

Listen To MP3Interview with Anthony Reed, Oklahoma award winner (MP3)
Listen To MP3Interview with Brian McClam, South Carolina award winner (MP3)
Listen To MP3Interview with Johnny Cochran, Georgia award winner (MP3)
Listen To MP3Interview with Dr. Marshall Lamb, National Peanut Research Lab (MP3)

2015 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album


Valor Award to Patrick Archer

July 13, 2009

The Webster definition of “valor” is “strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness” and that was required this year more than any other for the peanut industry.

In recognition for his strength and leadership of the peanut industry during a time of crisis, American Peanut Council president Patrick Archer was recognized today with the Valor Award, presented by John Altom of Valent USA.

Patrick says this year is one he hopes he never has to repeat. “The recall started January 9th and was greatly expanded the following weekend, which was inauguration week in Washington DC,” Patrick said. “The city was in lock down, we had to work from home. It made a difficult situation even more of a challenge.”

He credits everyone in the peanut industry with the massive communications effort that helped get information out that eventually helped to resolve the situation. “The industry really pulled together during the crisis and everybody from the grower all the way through the manufacturer really worked hard in a concerted and coordinated effort to combat the problem,” Patrick said. “While we did see a significant downturn in peanut butter sales in January, by March sales rebounded and in March, April and May sales have been much higher than they were a year ago for the same period.”

Listen To MP3Patrick Archer (3:30 min MP3)


Peanuts on Panama City Beach

May 6, 2009

It’s been a tough year for peanuts – time for a little R&R!

Peanut beachDetails have been finalized and registration is now officially underway for the 2009 Southern Peanut Growers Conference July 12-14 at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida.

You can register on-line here – or you can print out and fax in or mail this pdf registration form.

There will be plenty of time for rest and relaxation on the beautiful Emerald Coast, but the meeting does have its serious side as well. Business sessions will mix Peanuts and Politics, Production Issues and an Industry Update, as well as the Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award & Grower Panel. Check out the entire schedule in pdf form online here.

Sponsorship opportunities
are still available for this 11th annual conference, which includes peanut producers and industry representatives from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi – as well as most other peanut growing regions of the nation. Join with companies like Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, BASF, Valent, Trimble Agriculture/Ag Technologies, Farm Press, Farm Progress, Peanut Grower, Southeastern Peanut Farmer and more in helping to support this important meeting.

Thanks once again to Trimble Agriculture/Ag Technologies for their sponsorship of this conference blog where we will provide regular updates prior to the conference, as well as photos, audio interviews, video and more during the meeting itself. If you are a first time visitor to the SPGC blog, make sure you go backwards in time by scrolling down and checking out last year’s event coverage, especially the Flickr photo album.

Hope to see you in Panama City Beach July 12-14!


Feeding the Hungry with Peanuts

July 15, 2008

The potential for the peanut-based product known as Plumpy’nut to fight global famine is tremendous, according to Jeff Johnson of Birdsong Peanut Company.

Jeff Johnson“It’s revolutionized saving the lives of severely malnourished children in Africa, saving tens of thousands of lives,” Jeff says. “The demand in Africa alone could be 1.2 billion pounds.”

“If the USAID devoted just ten percent of their $120 million food budget to something like this, they could potentially save five million lives,” he adds.

Listen to an interview with Jeff here:

Listen To MP3Jeff Johnson (3:30 min MP3)

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album


Economy Optimism

July 15, 2008

What goes up, must come down, and the opposite is also true when it comes to the economy.

Robert NobelsRobert Nobles with Synovus Banks had pretty positive message for peanut producers regarding the economy. “While the economy is struggling at this point, it will get better, its just going to take some time,” he says. “When using history as a guide, things work in cycles. This cycle is negative for stocks and for growers, but that will change.”

Listen to an interview with Robert here:

Listen To MP3Robert Nobles (3:30 min MP3)

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album


Peanut Supply and Demand

July 15, 2008

Richard Barnhill with peanut brokers Mazur and Hockman gave growers an update on the supply/demand situation for peanuts.

Richard BarnhillHis main message was that even though the crop is going to be big this year, there’s plenty of demand for peanuts. “We need to maintain acres about the same as we have now and the market is going to make sure that peanuts stay competitive with other commodities,” Richard says.

Listen to an interview with Richard here:

Listen To MP3Richard Barnhill (2:30 min MP3)

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album