Georgia Peanut Tour set for Sept. 19-20, 2012
Tour provides an overview of peanut production from the farm to processing

Released: September 12, 2012

TIFTON, Ga.– The The twenty-sixth annual Georgia Peanut Tour will be held September 19-20, 2012, and centrally located out of Albany, Ga., at the Merry Acres Inn. The tour brings the latest information on peanuts while providing a first-hand view of industry infrastructure from production and handling to processing and utilization. Tour stops will be made in several peanut producing counties including Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, and Worth.

Attendees can expect to see first-hand nearly every aspect of peanut production in the state. This year’s tour hosts many exciting stops including on-farm harvest demonstrations and clinics, peanut processing facilities, and several special highlights which include Birdsong Peanuts in Sylvester, Tara Foods, and Thrush Aircraft both in Albany. Other stops will include JLA Global in Albany, Stripling Irrigation Research Park and Plant Mitchell in Mitchell County, and the USDA/ARS Bolton Research Farm near Dawson.

One special interest of the tour has always been the Early Bird “Hot Topics” Seminar which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. This year’s “Hot Topics” Seminar, held at Merry Acres Inn, will include speakers providing an update on the 2012 Georgia peanut crop and peanut policy and market updates. Additionally, the seminar will provide a special focus on peanut disease management.

The Georgia Peanut Tour is coordinated by the Georgia Peanut Commission, the University of Georgia- Griffin and Tifton Campuses, Southwest Research & Education Center, Attapulgus Research & Education Center and the USDA/ARS National Peanut Research Lab. The Georgia Peanut Tour blog will cover all aspects of the tour so those not attending may follow along at www.gapeanuts.com.

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For more information
Joy Carter Crosby
Director of Communications
joycarter@gapeanuts.com
phone: (229) 386-3690