Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Jan. 18 in Tifton
TIFTON — Helping the bottom line with information, knowledge and connections will again be the aim at the 42nd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, set to open at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.
“We normally have about 1,200 farmers that attend, along with industry representatives,” Joy Crosby, director of communications for the Georgia Peanut Commission, said Friday. “We have 107 exhibitors right now.”
Sponsored by the Peanut Commission, the show “provides the farmers an opportunity to meet with the exhibitors, get a look at new equipment, and attend education sessions on crop production, research and services for the peanut industry.”
A free luncheon begins at noon for peanut farmers in attendance. The Peanut Commission will present a short program beginning at 12:15 p.m. that will cover award presentations and an update from the National Peanut Board. Growers also will hear from Bob Redding of the Redding Firm, lobbyist for the peanut industry, on the U.S. Farm Bill, as well as other federal legislation and issues that affect Georgia peanut growers.
“It provides us with what really is an annual peanut meeting to meet with and speak to our farmers,” Crosby said. “It also provides educational opportunities.”
The University of Georgia’s Peanut Team will present a 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. educational peanut production seminar. Those peanut experts will provide information on irrigation management, insects, fertility, disease and nematodes. A year in review of the 2017 crop also will be presented, and farmers will have the opportunity to earn private or commercial pesticide applicator certification.
An Industry Seed Seminar will be held 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m. during the show. This event is sponsored by the American Peanut Shellers Association Committee on Variety & Seed Development, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Georgia Peanut Commission. Growers will be able to learn about farm-saved seed, peanut varieties available for 2018 and varieties on the horizon.
“It’s absolutely free to peanut farmers,” Crosby said. “We hope farmers will come out for the day to have lunch, get information and enjoy the show.”
There also are chances to benefit from attending.
Kelley Manufacturing Co. is providing the grand door prize package — one-season use of a new peanut combine (choice of four-row, six-row or combine with Unload-On-The-Go option). At the end of the 2018 peanut season, the winner will have the option of purchasing the combine from an authorized KMC dealer at a $15,000 discount.
KMC also is providing a second drawing for a season’s use of a new Digger Shaker Inverter (rigid or flex model in two-row, four-row or six-row) or the use of a new KMC Dump Cart. At the end of the 2018 season, the winner has the option of purchasing the piece of equipment at 10 percent off the list price.
Farmers also can register to win the Grower Prize. Donated by Amadas Industries, the prize is a choice of one season’s use of a new Amadas four-row or six-row peanut digger/inverter or a certificate good for the amount of $10,000 toward the purchase of any new Amadas self-propelled combine or $5,000 toward the purchase of a new four-row or six-row Amadas pull-type combine.
The winners of the Grand Door Prize and the Grower Prize must be certified peanut farmers with an FSA farm number and present to win.
The Peanut Commission, in cooperation with OneBlood, also is hosting a blood drive at the event from 9 a.m. until the show’s closing at 2:30 p.m.
Contact the Peanut Commission at (229) 386-3470 or online at www.gapeanuts.com.