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January 9, 2014

Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Jan. 16 in Tifton

TIFTON —

Producers can fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the 38th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Jan. 16 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission in cooperation with the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, Southeastern Peanut Farmer, Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association. 

During this year's show, Kelley Manufacturing Co. is providing the grand door prize package for 2014. The winner receives one season's use of a new four- or six-row peanut combine. At the end of the 2014 season, the winner has the option of purchasing the combine from a KMC dealer with $10,000 off the list price. Also, KMC is providing a second drawing for $1,000 cash. 

Additionally, farmers can register to win the Grower Prize, donated by Amadas Industries. This prize is a certificate for $10,000 towards the purchase of any new Amadas self-propelled combine.

The winners of the grand door prize and the Grower Prize must be a certified peanut farmer with a FSA farm number.

The one-day show offers farmers a full day to view the products and services of more than 100 exhibitors and a day of education. The Georgia Peanut Commission will present a short program beginning at 12:15 p.m. covering award presentations and other special recognitions.

The University of Georgia will present an educational peanut production seminar, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Topics focus on insect management, disease management, unmanned aerial vehicles for detection of field problems, economics of peanut production and more. 

An industry seed seminar will also be held at 10:35 a.m. during the show. This event is sponsored by the American Peanut Shellers Association, Peanut Foundation, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Georgia Peanut Commission. Growers will be able to learn about farm saved seed, peanut varieties available for 2014, and calcium sources and timing of application for peanuts.

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