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2020 Crop Estimate Peanut production is forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at 6.64 billion pounds, down 1% from the previous forecast but up 22% from the revised 2019 total of 5.47 billion pounds. Harvested area is expected to total 1.62 million acres, up 17% from 2019. Based on Nov. 1 conditions, the average yield is forecast at 4,093 ... Read More »

UF/IFAS Peanut Butter Challenge collects over 13 tons statewide

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The 2020 University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Peanut Butter Challenge collected just over 27,000 pounds of peanut butter across 53 counties, all of which will fill participating counties’ food banks this holiday season. This year marks the first in which the event fully expanded beyond the Florida Panhandle, where it has been held annually since 2012. ... Read More »

Consumption Soars, But A Big Crop Is Expected

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When COVID-19 hit, it took a while to understand the pandemic and the impact it would have on the peanut industry. With the economy shut down and families forced to stay at home, peanut butter and peanut snacks started flying off grocery store shelves as much as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Peanut shellers had to find a way to ... Read More »

Keep Plugging Along

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At a county peanut and cotton production meeting in January, University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist Scott Monfort brought up the subject of stress. The UGA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences made the topic of rural mental health a priority beginning this year. Not to make light of the topic, but did they have some inside information 2020 was ... Read More »

Florida’s Peanut Butter Challenge spreads statewide

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Spread the word, and the peanut butter! The Peanut Butter Challenge, an annual jar collection that launched in the Florida Panhandle in 2012, is expanding statewide in the wake of Hurricane Sally. Coordinated by University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Extension faculty and volunteers, the project was conceived as a way to feed hungry families ahead of the ... Read More »

Florida Farm Bureau donates peanut butter to state food banks

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Florida Farm Bureau Federation will contribute 120,960 jars of peanut butter to Florida food banks statewide to help families facing hunger due to the pandemic. “We are proud to provide a non-perishable food item such as peanut butter to food-insecure families across Florida,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick. “This comes at a time when children are going ... Read More »

Carryforward Almost Gone As PB, Snacks Feed Families In Quarantine

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Stress in agriculture has never been greater. Two major hurricanes, Irma and Michael, quality problems and now germination issues, low commodity prices, COVID-19 pandemic, riots and unrest in cities, talk of food shortages, a devastating court ruling on a popular chemical product…the list seems endless. The U.S. peanut market has remained quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been no ... Read More »

Buy Me Some Peanuts And Cracker Jacks…

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I had a birthday recently. It was one of those big ones where the front number rolls over. In planning a family gathering to celebrate the event, my mother got the idea to dig out some pictures. I am old enough now that this task involves converting trays of slides into digital pictures. One by one, with the help of ... Read More »

Alabama peanut farmers donate 14,400 jars of peanut butter to food banks

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The Alabama Peanut Producers Association donated 14,400 jars of peanut butter to the Alabama Food Bank Association to assist eight regional food banks with feeding their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on hunger-relief efforts around the state, and peanut butter is a favorite item for food banks, according to a news release. “Alabama peanut farmers are especially ... Read More »

New Briefs

More Assistance To Farmers, Ranchers Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee Chairman John Hoeven recently announced the approval of $19 billion for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to support farmers and ranchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program includes $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers, and $3 billion in purchases of agriculture products, including meat, dairy and produce to ... Read More »