Peanut Commission kicks off peanut planting season with palooza

The Georgia Peanut Commission holds its Farm Show and Conference, Jan. 19, 20.

TIFTON — Farmers and agriculture industry representatives are set to converge at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus for the 45th Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference.

Announced by the Georgia Peanut Commission and set from Jan. 19-20, the annual event will showcase more than 100 agribusinesses and organizations relating to peanut and agricultural industries, organizers said.

The GPC will provide interested attendees an opportunity to expand their repertoire by offering both private and commercial pesticide applicator certifications and sharing the latest information on agricultural practices through a pair of seminars held both days of the event, organizers said.

Each seminar showcases a series of experts in various agricultural fields. The first, the peanut production seminar, will be held 1:30-3 p.m., Jan. 19, and 9-10:30 a.m., Jan. 20. It will feature several specialists giving lectures on soil fertility, peanut sustainability and the impact of weather on crop growth and development.

Participants can expect to see experts such as Dr. Glen Harris of University of Georgia and Eric Coronel of the American Peanut Council taking part in the seminar, organizers said.

The second seminar, the peanut seed seminar, focuses on informing farmers about properly growing new peanut crops, seed varieties in production, and the proper quality and quantity of seeds for planting in 2022. The seed seminar will be 3:05-4:05 p.m., Jan. 19, and 10:35-11:35 a.m., Jan. 20.

Dr. Barry Tillman, University of Florida professor and peanut breeder, and Dr. Scott Monfort, a UGA professor, are expected to be in attendance for the seminar.

The second day of the event will feature a farm show luncheon, accompanied by an awards ceremony, and an all-day blood drive, which interested participants may schedule in advance at using the sponsor code #26218.

The conference is scheduled to conclude with the drawings of the grand door prizes; every person who attends the fair will be entered into the prize drawings.

Three drawings will be conducted, one by Kelly Manufacturing Company, and the remaining two by Amadas Industries.

Kelly Manufacturing will reward the winner of the drawing with a $15,000 discount off of a new four-row, six-row, or unload-on-the-go peanut combine for use in the 2022 season. The winner is also allowed to choose any other Kelly Manufacturing Company peanut harvest implement and receive 10% off the list price.

In addition, the winner will receive $5,000 regardless of which prize they choose, organizers said.

Amadas Industries will provide a choice of four prizes, allowing the winner to take either $10,000, $5,000, $3,000 or $1,000 off of, respectively, an Amadas self-propelled peanut combine, a four-row or six-row pull-type combine, a six-row or eight-row digger, or a peanut dump cart. Regardless of the choice, the winner will also receive a customized Grizzly cooler, organizers said.

Amadas will hold a second drawing to give away a custom Grizzly cooler containing a certificate worth $1,000 for use to purchase Amadas parts through any local authorized Amadas dealer.

The winner of the raffles must be certified as a peanut grower, have a Farm Service Agency farm number and must be in attendance at the time of the drawing to receive the prize, organizers said. In addition, they must own at least 75 acres of peanut farmland to be eligible for the Kelly Manufacturing drawing.

The Peanut Farm Show and Conference will be 1-5 p.m., Jan. 19, and 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Jan. 20, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. It is free and open to all. For more information, contact the Georgia Peanut Commission at (229) 386-3470.

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