Farm Bill Kicked To Lame Duck Session
The Farm Bill is one of many issues
facing Congress when after the election.
Some estimate the “lame duck” session
could run five weeks; some predict it
will be called off. There are several issues
like expiring tax cuts, the sequestration
mandated cuts and, of course, the Farm
Bill. The sequestration measure alone
cuts $3 billion from the USDA budget.
In the continuing resolution, the food
stamp program, crop insurance and
some conservation programs continue
to get funding until March 2013. However,
the dairy program will not receive
funding and there are restrictions on the
Market Access Program for export promotions.
The Market Loan Assistance
programs for farmers are authorized until
the completion of the 2012 crop.
Rep. James Clyburn, (D-SC), said,
“America needs a good Farm Bill to assist
these rural communities and to serve
the nutrition needs of our low income
citizens. The Senate passed a bipartisan
Farm Bill with sound policies for rural
America, as well as nutrition assistance
for the most vulnerable members of our
society. But the House Republican leadership
walked away, and refused to allow
that bipartisan bill to come to the floor.
“The Farm Bill expired Sept. 30, leaving
16 million jobs hanging in the balance.”
Clyburn wants the House Bill to
pass quickly and the differences to be
worked out in conference.
Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman
Debbie Stabenow, (D-MI), said, “It is
unbelievable that we’re in this position
now where there is so much uncertainty
for farmers, ranchers and small businesses.
The Senate came together in a bipartisan
way, and we passed the Farm
Bill. The House Ag Committee came
together in a bipartisan way to pass a
Farm Bill. It’s absolutely unacceptable
that the House Republican leadership
couldn’t devote one day to rural America
and the 16 million jobs across the
country that rely on agriculture.”
Help With Conservation Practices
Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP) applications are due
by Nov. 2, 2012, in order to be considered
for funding in fiscal year 2013.
A voluntary program, EQIP provides
funds for conservation practices based
on state-identified natural resource concerns,
such as forestry, grazing, soil erosion,
water conservation and water quality.
Some of the more than 60 EQIP
conservation practices include: pasture
and hayland planting, heavy use areas,
waste storage facilities, terracing, pest
management, tree planting, organic crop
assistance and wildlife habitat management.
This list will vary based on locally
prioritized conservation practices.
EQIP was established to provide technical
and financial assistance to landowners
to voluntarily address soil, water and
related natural resource concerns on private
Applications can be submitted at any
NCRS office and/or USDA Service Center.
For more information on EQIP, go
to www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov and search
Producers Urged To Donate To Hungry
The National Peanut Buying Points
Association and Peanut Proud are uniting
to urge each producer to donate one
ton of peanuts for hunger projects.
Every buying point has a sign-up
sheet. Farmers can use the value of the
peanuts as a tax deduction at the National
Posted Price or the contract value.
Be sure to check with an accountant. At
the end of the season, the sheller will
total the donations, shell the peanuts
and send it to a peanut butter plant for
making into product.
The farmer can designate where
peanuts should go: world hunger projects
or local food banks. The goal for
Peanut Proud is 500 tons. If 8,000 growers
gave one ton, it would help eliminate
a surplus and save kids from starving.
Ask your buying point for a pledge card.
New Members Appointed To NPB
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom
Vilsack has appointed three members
and four alternates to serve on the National
Reappointed members are as follows:
John C. Harrell, Whigham, Ga.; Bob
White, Clarendon, Texas; and Francis
“Vic” Jordan, III, Rayville, La. Alternate
members are Jeffery Pittman, Bascom,
Fla.; Andy Bell, Climax, Ga.; Peter
Froese, Jr., Seminole, Texas and Kyle
Baltz, Pocahontas, Ark.
Producers pay an assessment at the
rate of one percent of the total value of
all farmers’ stock peanuts sold to conduct
promotion, market and production research,
and new product development
for the benefit of their industry.
Members and alternates will serve a
three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2013,
and ending Dec. 31, 2015. One Florida
alternate will serve for two years.
Sweepstakes Gets 1.3 Million Entries
With a ground breaking 1.3 million
entries, the National Peanut Board’s
“Peanuts: Energize Your World” sweepstakes
culminated in September with
the announcement of the top prizes, a
2012 Ford Focus and a family trip for
four to a Six Flags theme park.
Peanut butter lover Nicholas Disanto
of Boca Rotan, Fla., won the fuel-efficient
car, which NPB Mississippi delegate
and Domestic Promotions Committee
Chair Don Self presented on
behalf of the Board.
“This vehicle, the Six Flags trip and
the other prizes were a huge incentive for
consumers,” he said. “Every single person
who clicked the sweepstakes link
online or entered at a Six Flags park
came across at least one of our key messages
about the nutritional benefits of
peanuts and peanut butter.”
Kathleen Pagac of Waterford, Mich.,
won the Six Flags family vacation. Many
other winners also received instant prizes
that ranged from mp3 players and tshirts
to products provided by the program
co-presenters: Hampton Farms
(in-shell peanuts), Planters (snack
peanuts) and Peanut Butter & Co.
“We had high expectations for this
campaign from the start, but never did
we imagine that we would receive 1.3
million entries,” said NPB President and
Managing Director Marie Fenn. “We
hit on the right combination of a muchloved
and highly nutritious product,
great co-presenters and a well-designed
and executed campaign.”
Hubbard Peanut Co. Wins Award
Hubbard Peanut Co, Inc., has been
selected for the Chairman’s Award in a
University of Virginia Darden School
of Business competition that highlights
and promotes businesses that demonstrate
sustained vitality in communities
facing challenging economic conditions.
Businesses that bridge cultural divides,
support local charities and bring economic hope to their communities
are sought for the application process
of the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award
Hubbard Peanut Company was
founded by Dot and H.J. Hubbard in
1954 using a unique cooking process
that has since become an industry mainstay.
Their daughter, Lynne Rabil, president
of the company, along with support
from her family, board of directors
and a strong team of employees, continues
to manage the company with the
founding values and the community in
mind. The company’s location in a disadvantaged
area has inspired them to
support local schools and charitable organizations,
not only financially but
through involvement and leadership.
During its nearly 60 years in business,
the Hubbard Peanut Company has
endured numerous challenges, including
a fire that destroyed a key part of their
facility, but the company – recognized
for its Hubs brand peanuts – has persevered
Sunland, Inc. Expands Ongoing Recall
Sunland, Inc. today announced a voluntary
expansion of its ongoing recall of
all products manufactured in its Peanut
Butter Plant because the products have
the potential to be contaminated with
Salmonella. Specifically, the recall is being
expanded to include all products
manufactured in its Peanut Butter Plant
after March 1, 2010. The scope of the
initial recall covered 101 products. The
expanded recall adds 49 products that
are currently within the manufacturer’s
recommended shelf-life, that is, the
“Best-If-Used-By” dates have not expired.
The expanded recall adds 90 products
consumers may still have in their
homes which are older than the “Best-
The expanded recall covers all previously
identified Peanut Butter, Almond
Butter, Cashew Butter, and Tahini products
as well as Roasted Blanched Peanut
Products. New product categories being
added to the list are several varieties
of flavored butters and spreads, including
Thai Ginger Butter, Chocolate Butter
and Banana Butter.
“For 22 years, Sunland has been committed
to producing high-quality, safe
products and taking appropriate steps
to ensure the safety and good health of
everyone who enjoys them. We are most
concerned about the individuals experiencing
these recent illnesses.
“Sunland is dedicating all of its resources
to the identification and correction
of any conditions which have
created the potential for Salmonella contamination
in any of our products. We
are reviewing every step in our manufacturing
process and are confident that
the expertise being applied to the investigation
will enable Sunland to take
any necessary corrective measures and
once again produce products that families
will enjoy with confidence,” said
Jimmie Shearer, President and CEO of
Sunland, Inc., in a released statement.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation
with the FDA.
37th Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show Set
Make plans now to attend the 37th Annual Georgia Peanut
Farm Show and Conference scheduled for Thursday, January
17, 2013, at the University of Georgia-Tifton Campus Conference
Center in Tifton, Ga. The annual show will be held
in Tifton for the first time in 30 years and is free to attend
for all participants.
This new location features two auditoriums, seating 2,000
and 300 people respectively; several break-out meeting rooms
for 50 to 150 people; banquet hall with seating for over 800;
and ample exhibit space throughout the Conference Center,
indoors and outdoors. The show organizers expect 1,500 to
2,000 farmers and industry representatives in attendance.
Peanut farmers will have the opportunity to visit with more
than 75 agribusinesses and organizations in the peanut industry.
Also, farmers are able to earn private and commercial
pesticide applicators certification and learn up-to-date knowledge
on cutting edge research and developments during the
University of Georgia Peanut Production Seminars and the
industry-wide sponsored Peanut Seed Seminar.
Farmers will have the opportunity to tour the research facilities
on the University of Georgia-Tifton Campus and tour
their new Georgia Peanut Commission offices located adjacent
to I-75 across from ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture
and Historic Village. A free lunch will also be provided
to all registered farmers.
Farm Show Chairman Rodney Dawson is optimistic about
the 1,500 plus farmers estimated to be in attendance. “I encourage
farmers to leave their fields and attend this one day
show and conference because the information they will receive
is an investment in their future. There is definitely a lot of
knowledge to be gained at the show,” Dawson says.
At the close of the day, there will be $45,000 in prizes presented
to farmers for the Grand Door Prize, vendor products,
certificates and equipment. Donors include Kelley Manufacturing
Company, AMADAS Industries and approximately
30 other exhibitors.
For more information on the show, contact the Georgia
Peanut Commission office in Tifton at 229-386-3470 or by emailing email@example.com. Information is also available
on the commission Web site at www.gapeanuts.com.
Stay Safe On The Roads
Crashes involving farm equipment on Georgia’s roads increased
by 33 percent in 2011, and leaders of Georgia’s agriculture
and highway safety agencies recently joined forces to
draw attention to the need for safety on the state’s rural roads.
Gary Black, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of
Agriculture and Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor’s
Office of Highway Safety, launched the second annual “Improving
Georgia’s Yield Behind the Wheel” campaign.
Among the 401 reported accidents involving farm equipment
last year, five resulted in fatalities. Many more resulted
in serious injuries.
Supported by the Georgia Farm Bureau, Commissioner
Black and Director Blackwood appeared together at the Georgia
National Fair in Perry and the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie
in October, reminding both farmers and motorists of the
importance of sharing the road.
Deadly crashes in rural areas are all too frequently attributed
to speed on the often open roads. Likewise, vehicles approaching
farm equipment at a speed of 55 MPH can travel
the length of a football field within seconds, and have little
time to react.
Producers should remember that Georgia law requires operators
of slow moving vehicles to place a reflector on any machine
that travels the road slower than 25 MPH. Producers
in other states should investigate what the laws are in their
All producers should remember to always
point the triangle reflector
upwards, keep the
emblem clean to maximize
reflectivity and replace
the emblem when
it fades, normally every
two to three years. Mark
the edges of tractors and
machines with reflective
tape and reflectors. Consider
installing retrofit lighting on older machinery to increase
visibility. Turn on your light, but turn off spotlights
when going onto the road.
Avoid the highway during rush hour and bad weather. Do
not drive before sunrise or after sunset.
Consider installing mirrors on equipment to enable you to
be more aware of motorists around you.
For more information, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or www.agr.georgia.gov.