From every corner of the peanut belt, to every facet of peanut production, the American Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES) is focused on the science and technology of peanuts with the purpose of instructing and educating the public on the properties, production and use of the peanut.
More Than 50 Years Of Service
In the mid-1950s, the need for a research body was recognized, and in 1957, the Peanut Improvement Working Group (PIWG) was organized.
This group evolved into an organization representing the diverse interests of the industry, and in 1968 the PIWG was dissolved and the American Peanut Research and Education Association (APREA) was founded.
The first annual meeting of APREA was held in Atlanta, Ga., in 1969. In 1979, the name was changed to its current form with members representing every peanut-producing state, multiple agencies and numerous commercial interests.
Valuable Opportunity For Young Scientists
Currently, APRES has about 275 active members, including 10 sustaining members and 21 institutional members, primarily libraries.
“We are predominantly scientists and educators with the long-term goal of improving peanut production, harvesting and initial processing,” says James Starr, APRES executive officer and professor at Texas A & M University. “We work with nearly all aspects of peanut production and use, and we interact with other groups and associations that have a focus on peanut.”
The annual meeting attracts scientists from across the United States and many other countries for paper presentations, posters, symposia, discussions, field trips and social events. The awards ceremony highlights the accomplishments of outstanding peanut scientists, educators and graduate students.
“APRES has always valued the training of the next generation of scientists and authorities on peanut,” says Carroll Johnson, USDA-ARS research agronomist. “The annual meeting provides a popular forum for graduate students to present their research and compete with their peers for recognition.
“APRES also cooperates with industry sponsors for county agents to attend and present results of their own outreach and on-farm demonstrations. This form of continuing education for county agents is instrumental for their technical support of producers and continued professional development.”
Exchange Of Information And Inspiration
All Issues Of Peanut Science Online
All Issues Of Peanut Science Online
A wealth of information is contained in the pages of past issues of Peanut Science, the primary publication of APRES. Now, this rich heritage of scholarly research, from the first issue published in 1974 through the current issue, is available online.
Organizations that helped make this possible are as follows: the National Peanut Buying Points Association; American Peanut Shellers Association; National Peanut Board; Georgia Peanut Commission; South Carolina Peanut Board and The Peanut Foundation.
To view Peanut Science, go to www.peanutscience.com and click on “Current Issue” or “Available Issues.”
Richard Rudolf, regional development manager for Bayer CropScience, says APRES provides valuable networking opportunities with people across the peanut belt. “We can exchange ideas and discuss things that have worked or not worked as we strive for the sustainability of our industry,” he says.
Barbara Shew, Extension plant pathologist from North Carolina State University and current president of APRES, says that although most peanut scientists and educators belong to one or more other scientific societies, APRES and the Peanut Science journal are the most important means of communicating with others who work on peanuts.
“It provides a unique opportunity for peanut researchers and educators from all disciplines to come together, put the focus on peanuts, and be informed, inspired and motivated by our colleagues and this very challenging and unpredictable legume.”
APRES’ 42nd Annual Meeting will be held July 13-15, 2010, at the Hilton Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Beach, Fla. Research and Extension papers will be presented on the topics as follows: breeding and genetics, entomology, biotechnology, production, plant pathology, weed science, curing, processing and utilization, Extension techniques, technology and economics.
For more information, visit www.apresinc.com.