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News Briefs

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Loan Rates Corrected 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 ... Read More »

Crop conditions expected to affect final yield

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The U.S. market is in a “wait and see” mode. The Southeast, where 70% of peanuts are grown, is experiencing hot and dry conditions, one of the longest such periods in history. Early planted peanuts were considered good, especially those under irrigation. However, late-planted and dryland peanuts are showing damage and increased aflatoxin. It is too early to tell the ... Read More »

A dire warning

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Grower groups throughout the peanut belt do a good job of educating congressional staffers about the importance of our crop and of rural America, in general. Recently, the Georgia Peanut Commission and the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation hosted 20 such individuals in South Georgia. The staffers represented offices from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina. Although this is important, it ... Read More »

News Briefs

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2018 Farm Bill Becomes Law President Donald Trump signed a $428 billion Farm Bill into law Dec. 20. It is entitled, “The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.” At the signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., he pledged “through fires, floods and freezing weather, we will always stand with American farmers.” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue called the bill a ... Read More »

S.C. Gets A Seat

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Although most of the peanut field provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill are the same, there is a change for producers of one state. U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act, which was included in the Farm Bill and passed the Senate and the House of Representatives as a part of ... Read More »

News Briefs

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Farm Bill Provides Stability The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 passed out of the U.S. Senate by a vote of 87 to 13 and the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 369 to 47. At press time, the legislation was awaiting President Trump’s signature. “We are glad to see that the bill has passed the House and Senate. ... Read More »

Wide Swath Of Industry Infrastructure Damaged

Hurricane Michael Damage to Georgia

The peanut industry has been jolted by two hurricanes this season. Florence hit North and South Carolina as harvest was about to start with flooding that caused rivers to overflow and covering crops waiting to be harvested. With about 40 percent of the Southeast peanut crop dug and harvested, Hurricane Michael plowed into the Florida Panhandle with 155 mile per ... Read More »