Georgia Peanut Commission Bank Week pays homage to peanut farmers October 15-19, 2012

Released: October 1, 2012

TIFTON, Ga.– The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with the Georgia Bankers Association, will kick off its annual Georgia Peanut Bank Week Oct. 15-19, 2012. This year marks the 36th anniversary of Georgia Peanut Bank Week, and banks and financial businesses across the state will pay homage to peanut farmers’ contributions to the state and local economies. The famous “little red bags” of peanuts, one of the world’s most nutritious foods, will be given away to help aid in telling the peanut farmers’ story.

This year’s theme is “Peanuts and Banking…Here We Grow Again,” to show the relationship and growth between peanut farmers, bankers and the peanut industry. The bond between banking organizations and peanut farmers has always been firm and continues to grow. Georgia leads the nation in the production of peanuts with more than 475,000 planted acres. Gross income from Georgia growers contributes approximately $1 billion impact to South Georgia’s economy. Value added processing adds approximately $1 billion to the state’s economy, also.

“Thirty-six years ago peanut growers in Georgia through the Georgia Peanut Commission created an alliance with Georgia Bankers Association to help promote peanuts during peanut harvest. We are especially thankful to the bankers for their efforts in promoting peanuts during peanut harvest and for the financing they do for Georgia agriculture,” says Joe Boddiford, promotion chairman for the Georgia Peanut Commission.

The Georgia Peanut Commission invites everyone to visit a participating local bank to support peanut farmers and the banking industry. Peanuts, recipes and other promotional items will be available the week of Oct. 15-19 at participating organizations.

“Come join us as we celebrate the 2012 peanut crop and the efforts that peanut farmers and banking institutions a like conglomerate in order to harvest a successful crop and provide the economic support that they encompass,” says Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission.
For more information visit the Georgia Peanut Commission website at www.gapeanuts.com.


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