News Briefs

 
 
In Brief:
 

• Producers express frustration over lack of regulations on programs passed in Farm Bill.

• Tip line established to report seed patent violations.

• Georgia producers overwhelm-ingly renew research, education and promotion program.

• Producers learn about industry; hone leadership skills.

• Top-yielding producers inducted into Georgia Peanut Achievement Club.

• New “Energy For The Good Life” logo available for use from NPB.

   

Growers Ask About Rotation Program
The Georgia Peanut Commission’s board of directors recently met with U.S. Representative John Barrow, D- Ga., regarding Farm Bill regulations that are still not finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 2008 Farm Bill approved a new rotation program that provides incentives to farmers who practice this conservation initiative.

“The 2008 Farm Bill was authorized last year, and USDA has yet to write regulations for the rotation program,” says Armond Morris, GPC chairman. “The rotation program is a new incentive that may help determine what many farmers plant in 2009. We are very frustrated that the program has not been implemented yet for this year.”

The University of Georgia’s National Center for Peanut Competitiveness was instrumental in developing the program, and the GPC supported it through passage of the Farm Bill.

The rotation program offers supplemental payments for producers who adopt a beneficial crop rotation, and it encourages producers to implement new, additional crop rotations that provide conservation benefits. The payments are not limited to a particular crop, cropping system or region of the country.

In the Southeast, peanuts are a crop that responds well to increased rotation lengths, which help to conserve water, control disease more effectively and increase productivity.

APPA A Media Sponsor At NASCAR Race
The Alabama Peanut Producers Association participated in the recent NASCAR race in Talladega, Ala., with commercials about Alabama peanuts and nutrition, which aired on Thunder 92.7 during the weekend race events.

To hear two commercials that aired during the weekend race events, visit www.alpeanuts.com and click on “Start Your Engines” or “From Their Fields To Your Table.”

Know The Law On Saving Seed
The Georgia Crop Improvement Association is cautioning seed dealers and producers to adhere to the laws on using peanut seed. In the past, peanut seed certification was more simplified with one major variety such as florunner or Georgia Green.

This year, the Georgia Crop Improvement Association has 16 different varieties for certification, and they will be looking for any use of seed that does not adhere to the Plant Variety Protection Act. Other seed industries have had claims from $40,000 to $187,000 on variety pirating.

The University of Georgia Foundation Seed and Florida Foundation Seed organizations are urging all seed shellers/treaters and producers to make sure use of peanut seed is legal, which means royalties are paid, when selecting a variety or saving seed on the farm.

The GCIA has initiated a tip line for reporting of Plant Variety Protection Act and Seed Patent Violations. The number is 877-407-0024.

Georgia Producers Approve Commission
Georgia peanut farmers reaffirmed the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) by a vote of 87.4 percent during a referendum held this spring.

“I appreciate the farmer’s confidence in the commission, and we are committed to continue earning that confidence,” says Armond Morris, peanut farmer from Ocilla, Ga., and GPC chairman. “The commission continues to work together as a partnership between Georgia’s peanut farmers, the commission board and staff in promoting peanuts and working on the farmers’ behalf in Washington, D.C.”

Georgia’s peanut producers invest $2 per ton each year to be used for research, education, promotion and communication. As required by state law, the producers vote on the commission every three years.

Academy Develops Future Leaders
This is the 12th year of the Peanut Leadership Academy sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection and the American Peanut Shellers Association and coordinated though the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation with growers selected from Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Texas (3rd year).

The purpose of the academy is to develop grower and industry leadership. Organizers select 12 to 16 candidates who are not usually involved in industry activities and help them become potential spokespersons. This year, two sheller members were added.

Participants are exposed to all aspects of the industry and activities to develop their leadership skills. More than 85 producers have participated during the past five years, and they are usually 35 to 45 years of age and active in farming.

The next meeting will be in August in West Texas, and the class will travel to Washington D.C. next March.


Join The Promotion Team
The National Peanut Board (NPB) is making available for use by the industry the new slogan and logo “Peanuts: Energy for the Good Life.” The NPB encourages trade organizations, manufacturers, shellers, buying points and growers to use the slogan and logo.

Still in the early stages of use, the logo is showing up in more places. Sunland, Inc. and Hampton Farms are using the logo on some of their materials.

“I was excited about the slogan from the moment I heard it,” said Katalin Corbin of Sunland. “We have been striving to inform and educate consumers about how peanuts and peanut butter fit into an active, healthy lifestyle for quite some time.

“Although Sunland focuses on the Valencia peanut, the slogan applies to all peanut products, and I feel that the industry as a whole can benefit immensely from repeated, consistent use.”

Parties interested in using the “Peanuts: Energy for the Good Life” phrase or imagery free of charge, can contact Maria Mehok at mehok@nationalpeanutboard.org for the licensing agreement.


UGA, Syngenta Honor Top-Yielding Georgia Growers
The University of Georgia and Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. recently recognized the achievement of 12 esteemed Georgia peanut producers at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for their induction into the Georgia Peanut Achievement Club.

The 2008 state winners in each category were: Glen Lee Chase of Macon County in Category I (75 - 349.9 acres), averaging 6,133 pounds per acre on 336 acres; Marvin Devane of Randolph County in Category II (350 - 699.9 acres), averaging 5,988 pounds per acre on 521 acres; Sauls Partnership of Randolph County in Category III (700+ acres), averaging 5,695 pounds per acre on 1,172 acres. Glen Lee Chase received top honors as the overall state winner for the 2008 season.

The Georgia Peanut Achievement Club is annually coordinated by the University of Georgia and sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection.