Southern Peanut Growers

Southern Peanut Growers Conference Scheduled for July 27-29

Dan Peanuts

By Clint Thompson

The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) and Southern Peanut Farmers Federation remind growers and industry leaders that the early bird registration deadline for this year’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference is June 30.

Joy Crosby, assistant executive director of the GPC, highlights what attendees can expect at this year’s event at its new location.

“We’re excited to have the 24th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference. This year it will be held July 27-29 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida,” Crosby said. “This event really provides farmers with information that they may need on the farm. Also, it gives them an update of legislative issues, and with the Farm Bill discussions taking place this year, it’s very important to keep up to date with that. There will also be an update on some of the marketing and various promotions that happen on the state level, as well as regional and national. We’re excited about the lineup of speakers that we have this year.”


This year’s three-day event will include topics related to exploring the future of non-food uses of peanuts with Marshall Lamb at the National Peanut Research Lab and Nino Brown with the University of Georgia; as well as the strengths of precision agriculture with Steve Li (Auburn University), Ian Small (University of Florida) and Simer Virk (University of Georgia).

A key component of this year’s event will be Saturday’s general session highlighting the state of the U.S. peanut policy.

“The Farm Bill and peanut programs specifically are very important to the peanut industry. We’re really excited that on Saturday, July 29 and during that third general session, we will have Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) on hand at the conference to give us an update on some of the activities happening in Washington D.C. and then also Bob Redding from the Redding Firm will be on hand and then Dr. Stanley Fletcher from ABAC will give us an economic update. All of those speakers combined will really give farmers the latest information that they need in terms of the discussions that are happening as we move forward with the next Farm Bill.” Those interested in attending can click here to register. The registration fee increases on July 1.

About the Author

Clint Thompson

Multimedia Journalist for AgNet Media Inc.