Take a minute, if you will, to turn back
the page to the Table of Contents and look
just under the header “January 2013” and
then under The Peanut Grower logo. It says
“Volume 25, No. 1.” That’s right: The
Peanut Grower turns 25 this year.
It is impossible to think about The Peanut
Grower celebrating a silver anniversary without
thinking about Cathy Andrews Kvien,
who recognized the need and possibility of
a production-oriented magazine for the
peanut industry, and then worked very hard
to make it a reality.
Cathy served as the editor for about the
first half of the magazine’s existence before
stepping down to spend more time with her family and turning the reins over
to me. Unfortunately, Cathy passed away much too soon after that, and I can’t
help but wish she were here today to celebrate this anniversary with us.
Tyron Spearman, The Peanut Grower’s marketing editor, has also been with
us since the beginning, and we will ask him to share some thoughts about the
last 25 years in a special silver anniversary issue in May.
It would be great if, going into this celebratory year, all news was good news
for peanut producers and the industry. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a reach to
find good news right now. My friend and colleague, Carroll Smith, wrote in
the December issue of Rice Farming about the quest to define the popular buzzword
sustainability in agriculture. She wrote that when an Arkansas rice farmer
was asked how he would define sustainability, he thought for a moment then
said, “Well, we are still here.”
For now, that may be the best news I can come up with, “We’re still here.”
Whatever news may develop in 2013, The Peanut Grower is still here to bring
it to you like we have been for the last 25 years, and despite the many, many
challenges, if you are reading this, you are still here working to produce the
greatest food product in the world. I look forward to celebrating this fact all