By Clint Thompson
The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) continues to support research aimed at helping the industry remain sustainable now and into the future.
The GPC recently approved $706,139 in project funding for the 2023-24 budget year. It approved 35 project proposals that were submitted from the University of Georgia, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.
Donald Chase, chairman of the GPC Research Committee, discussed the significance of the commission continuing to fund the research.
“In challenging economic times, it’s important for us to be able to know that when we spend money on inputs or practices, we need to know that those things are going to give us a return on our investment,” Chase said. “I’m pretty excited that the peanut commission continues to sponsor some cutting-edge research that will give us answers so that maybe we can be more efficient this year.”
Georgia’s peanut growers invest $2 per ton annually toward GPC programs which includes research, promotion and education. The research programs primarily focus on peanut breeding, conservation methods, irrigation and water management, as well as pests, weed and disease management.
For additional information and a complete list of the research projects funded by the Georgia Peanut Commission visit www.gapeanuts.com.