• USDA Responds To Market Downturn

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in mid-October that many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs would receive safety-net payments because of market downturns during the 2015 crop year. “This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in payments under the ARC-County and PLC programs to assist participating producers, which will account for more than 10 percent of USDA’s projected 2016 net farm income. These payments will help provide reassurance to America’s farm families, who are standing strong against ... Read More »
  • Data Drives Farm Decisions

    Data Drives Farm Decisions

  • Crop Recap: Weather Weary Year

    Crop Recap: Weather Weary Year

  • Market Watch

    Market Watch

    Who Would Have Guessed This? The American peanut industry has just experienced one of the most amazing marketing years in history. Based on USDA estimates and with the industry facing an unusually large carry-forward, prices were reduced throughout the industry and cutbacks from the farm to the sheller were encouraged. Farmers were even encouraged not to plant peanuts for the 2016 season unless they were assured of federally approved warehouse storage, which guaranteed a $355 per-ton loan. By early 2016, when prices were 15 percent lower than normal, shellers owned contracted but unsold inventory of ... Read More »
  • No. 1 Requested Product

    No. 1 Requested Product

    By now you all know that one good thing to come of the industry’s recovery from salmonella-tainted peanut butter was Peanut Proud. This charitable organization works with state grower organizations and non-profit food relief charities to respond to natural disasters by supplying peanut butter and peanut products and in other times to simply stock the shelves of food banks throughout the United States. In August, flooding in south Louisiana killed 13 people and devastated more than 60,000 homes across 20 parishes. Peanut Proud moved quickly to coordinate a response. The first shipment of 28,800 jars ... Read More »