Editor’s Note

Put It In T he Rearview Mirror

Amanda Huber

I saw it happening, but I didn’t know what I was looking at. It turns out that neither did anyone else. What am I talking about? The collapse of peanut fields in Florida late in the 2017 season. It was a strange thing to behold. The field is one I pass on my way to town. Being that I’m a ... Read More »


Amanda Huber

Research projects begin and end often in our business. Yet, the announcement of the ending of the five-year Peanut Genomic Initiative is different. The goal was lofty — mapping all the genes in the peanut. The price tag was even more so: $6 million. But now that the project is complete and we have a map of genetic information in ... Read More »

New Year, Old Problem

Amanda Huber

It’s hard to get through the holiday season without gaining a little extra weight, and it’s not just the Christmas cookies and treats, but also turkey and cornbread dressing and gravy — yum! The fruitcake is certainly safe with me — where do they grow those oddly colored fruit anyway? But it seems nothing much else is. Stuffed is a ... Read More »

Nobody Panic

Amanda Huber

For the past several years, those of us living in a coastal state were plenty happy with predictions of hurricanes that never came to pass. This year, my luck ran out as Irma seemed determined to make up for the past 12 years of no hurricane making landfall in Florida. What was more stunning than the size of this record-breaking ... Read More »

Reaping The Research Benefits

Years ago, my sister-in-law started competing in triathlons. She’s always been athletically inclined, and the addition of swimming and biking was a change in pace from just being a runner. After a couple events, the bug had bit her. She started training in earnest and competed in events at least once every few months. Although she lives in Chicago, one ... Read More »

Connect with Peanut Fans

Years ago, I had the opportunity to attend one of the first Peanut Butter Lover’s conventions where fans could feel at home expressing their genuine love of our favorite nut spread. Fast forward to 2017 and fans of all things peanut have a fun, new way to show their devotion to the humble legume. They can be a complete Shell ... Read More »

Another Year Older

My, they do grow old quickly. Am I talking about children? No, although it fits them as well. I’m talking about varieties. In the Peanut Pointer column on page 21, Kris Balkcom, agri-program associate with Auburn University, makes the point that Georgia-06G is more than 10 year’s old. More than a decade old? It seems like just yesterday Georgia Green ... Read More »

A Real Game Changer

Last month’s announcement from The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health, was a real game changer. Their new guidelines means that every pediatrician and children’s health care provider will be monitoring the early introduction of peanut products to infants in order to prevent the development of peanut allergy, and parents ... Read More »

‘Steady’ Is Welcome

Is there anyone with more faith than the farmer? He or she puts a tiny seed in the ground and expects big things to come. Last year, there were millions of kernels in warehouses and millions more going into the ground, and yet if domestic usage holds steady and exports continue, there could be a shortfall before the next crop ... Read More »

No. 1 Requested Product

By now you all know that one good thing to come of the industry’s recovery from salmonella-tainted peanut butter was Peanut Proud. This charitable organization works with state grower organizations and non-profit food relief charities to respond to natural disasters by supplying peanut butter and peanut products and in other times to simply stock the shelves of food banks throughout ... Read More »