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Planted Acreage Still A Question State peanut directors continue to debate USDA’s planted acreage estimates. Don Koehler, Georgia Peanut Commission executive director, says that unless contracts get close to $700 per ton, acreage in Georgia could be as low as 450,000 acres, which is more than 100,000 fewer acres than 2010. The commission estimates only 30 percent of the acres ... Read More »

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Stabenow Talks Farm Bill Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mi) recently told reporters, “We’re going to start right now and move through the process, and we’ll make decisions as we go along. “In terms of an exact timetable, I think it’s in the interest of agriculture, given the backdrop that we’re in right now around budgets and deficits, to move in a ... Read More »

Oklahoma Farmer Heads Ag Committee

Rep. Frank Lucas (R) of Oklahoma is a farmer and knows about peanut production in his state. Lucas recently said that the House of Representatives Ag Committee will be a challenge to lead. “There are 26 republicans and 20 democrats. Sixteen republican members are freshman, and seven democrats have never served on the committee.” Lucas said, “We are in a ... Read More »

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Ag Committee Members Announced House Agriculture Committee Chairman-elect Frank Lucas, Okla., announced the new Republican members of the committee. The members are as follows: Bob Gibbs, OH; Martha Roby, AL; Scott Tipton, CA; Rick Crawford, AR; Chris Gibson, NY; Bobby Schilling, IL; Scott DesJarlais, TN; Vicky Hartzler, MO; Austin Scott, GA; Renee Elmers, NC; Tim Huelskamp, KS; Steve Southerland, FL; ... Read More »