News Briefs

Farm Recovery Grant Approved

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In 2018, Georgia agriculture suffered a $2.5-billion economic loss from Hurricane Michael. Since then, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and commodity commissions have worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reach an agreement on a disaster relief package. In November 2019, USDA allocated $347 million for Georgia farmers and landowners. The GDA is now accepting applications for the block ... Read More »

Program Enrollment Deadline

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency encourages producers to enroll now in the agriculture risk or price loss coverage programs. Sign up for the 2019 crop year closes March 15, 2020, while sign up for the 2020 crop year closes June 30, 2020. Producers who have not yet enrolled for 2019 can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 ... Read More »

2019 Crop Wrap Up

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Peanut production is forecast at 5.64 billion pounds for 2019, up 3% from 2018. Harvested area is expected to total 1.38 million acres, up 1% from 2018. The average yield is forecast at 4,080 pounds per acre, up 79 pounds from the 2018 average yield. Record yields were forecast in Florida and North Carolina. In the first week of January, ... Read More »

NPRL Celebrates 50 Years

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It was a star-studded event at the National Peanut Research Laboratory’s 50-year celebration. Guest speakers included U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Representative Sanford Bishop (D-Ga) and Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, the USDA Administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service. Also speaking at the event was American Peanut Sheller Association President Karl Zimmer, and peanut producers Donald Chase and Casey Cox. Finally, ... Read More »

Loan Rates Corrected

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation announced corrected 2019 crop loan rates. Loan rates published in June were incorrectly calculated. The 2014 Farm Bill established the national loan rate for peanuts at $355 per ton, which is unchanged from the previous Farm Bill. CCC calculated the price support levels for each peanut type using the same method as ... Read More »

UGA Plans Annual Cotton-Peanut Field Day, Sept. 4, On The Tifton Campus

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Cotton and peanut farmers and industry personnel are invited to the University of Georgia Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day, Sept. 4, on the UGA Tifton campus. Members of the UGA cotton and peanut teams will talk about ongoing research at two UGA research farms, providing insight for growers on what they can expect for the next growing season. The ... Read More »

Clemson Sets 2019 Peanut Field Day For Sept. 5 In Blackville, S.C.

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Irrigation scheduling, variable rate seeding and precision agriculture technologies are just a few of the topics that will be discussed during this year’s Peanut Field Day Sept. 5 at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center (REC), 64 Research Road, Blackville, South Carolina Field day activities get under way with registration from 8-9 a.m. Participants will embark on a field tour ... Read More »

UGA Honors Producers At Georgia Peanut Achievement Club Meeting

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The University of Georgia Peanut Team recently honored Georgia’s top peanut producers at the annual Georgia Peanut Achievement Club meeting held on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Fifteen farmers/farms were recognized at the yearly meeting held to salute Georgia’s highest-yielding peanut growers. The UGA Peanut Team also held an open forum session with peanut producers and industry leaders. “We’ve climbed in yields ... Read More »

Texas A&M Names New Peanut Breeder At Stephenville

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Dr. John Cason has been named Texas A&M AgriLife Research assistant professor for peanut breeding and genetics in Stephenville, where he will supervise the AgriLife Research and Extension Center’s peanut program. Cason holds a doctorate from Texas A&M University in plant breeding, and he brings more than 20 years’ experience in breeding and developing new peanut cultivars. He supervised all ... Read More »

News Briefs

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Peanuts Included In Tariff Mitigation Plan U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced that the USDA will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption. The Trump administration announced its plan for tariff mitigation following the unjustified retaliatory tariffs imposed by China. Standing alongside President Trump in the Roosevelt Room ... Read More »