January 19, 2017
University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center
Tifton, Ga.
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

41st Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show & Conference

More than 1,400 attendees were able to fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the 41st annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Jan. 19, 2017, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The show is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission. The one-day show offered farmers a chance to view the products and services of more than 110 exhibitors, as well as a day of education.
University of Georgia Peanut Production Seminar
"Advanced Irrigation Management"
Welcome - Donald Chase, Georgia Peanut Commission Research Committee chairman
Peanut Physiology as it Relates to Irrigation/Water Requirements and PeanutFARM
               Dr. Diane Rowland, University of Florida
Economics of Sound Irrigation Management
               Dr. Adam Rabinowitz, University of Georgia
Technical Advances in Irrigation Management and Dynamic VRI
               Dr. George Vellidis, University of Georgia
IrrigatorPro - The Latest Developments
               Dr. Marshall Lamb and Chris Butts, USDA-ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory
Industry Seed Seminar
Welcome - Kevin Calhoun, chairman of the American Peanut Shellers Association Committee on Variety & Seed Development
Update - Seed Quality and Quantity for 2017 Planting
               Billy Skaggs, Georgia Crop Improvement Association
Varieties Currently in Production and on Horizon -
               Dr. Bill Branch, Peanut Breeder, University of Georgia
               Dr. Barry Tillman, Peanut Breeder, University of Florida
               Dr. Corley Holbrook, Peanut Breeder, USDA/ARS
               Dr. Charles Chen, Peanut Breeder, Auburn University
Timely Advice for Growers
               Dr. Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Peanut Agronomist
The Peanut Genomic Initiative
               Dr. Steve Brown, Ex. Dir., The Peanut Foundation

The Industry Seed Seminar is sponsored by:
American Peanut Shellers Association
Southern Peanut Farmers Federation
Georgia Peanut Commission
Georgia Peanut Commission presents awards
The Georgia Peanut Commission presented awards to individuals and businesses for their service to the peanut industry and promotion of peanuts across the United States. The award recipients are: Distinguished Service Award – Gov. Nathan Deal; Research and Education Award – Jere W. Morehead, president of the University of Georgia; Promotion Award – The Kroger Company; Media Award – RFD-TV; and Georgia Peanut Special Awards to John Harrell, past chairman of the National Peanut Board and Don McGough, director of the commodities/marketing department with Georgia Farm Bureau.

Pictured left to right: Armond Morris, GPC chairman; Special Award - Don McGough, Georgia Farm Bureau; Research & Education Award - Dean Sam Pardue, University of Georgia (accepting for President Jere W. Morehead); Special Award - John Harrell, farmer leader from Whigham, Ga.; Promotion Award – George Harter with Kroger Company; Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award - Brandon Branch of Baxley, Ga.; Media Award – Brian Hughes with RFDTV and David Hinson, business representative with BASF.

The Georgia Peanut Commission board members also recognized Kelley Manufacturing Co. for their 50 years of agribusiness within the peanut industry. Pictured left to right: Bennie Branch, president of KMC; Tim Burch, GPC board member; Lanier Carson, chairman of the board/CEO of KMC; Donald Chase, GPC board member; Joe Boddiford, GPC vice chairman; Rodney Dawson, GPC treasurer, and Armond Morris, GPC chairman.
Georgia Peanut Commission honors Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmers of the Year
The Georgia Peanut Commission and Agri Supply presented the Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmers of the Year Award to individuals representing each of the commission’s five districts. The GPC board members started this award to honor farmers each year who have the passion, diligence, leadership and desire to see the peanut industry in the state of Georgia continue to be the highest quality. These farmers pictured below received a sign to display at their farm and a $100 gift card from Agri Supply.

Pictured left to right: Tim Burch, Georgia Peanut Commission board member from Newton, Ga., District 1 honoree – John Bridges Sr. of Brinson, Ga. and Matt Cato with Agri Supply.

Pictured left to right: Armond Morris, Georgia Peanut Commission chairman from Irwinville, Ga., District 2 honoree – Kenneth Hall Sr. of Tifton, Ga. and Matt Cato with Agri Supply.

Pictured left to right: Joe Boddiford, Georgia Peanut Commission vice chairman from Sylvania, Ga., District 3 honoree – Rep. Jon Burns of Newington, Ga. and Matt Cato with Agri Supply.

Pictured left to right: Rodney Dawson, Georgia Peanut Commission treasure of Hawkinsville, Ga., District 4 honoree – Richard Nutt of Pitts, Ga. and Matt Cato with Agri Supply.

Pictured left to right: Donald Chase, Georgia Peanut Commission board member from Oglethorpe, Ga., District 5 honoree – Glen Lee Chase of Oglethorpe, Ga. and Matt Cato with Agri Supply.
Kelley Manufacturing Co. sponsors Grand Door Prize
During this year's show, Kelley Manufacturing Co. providing the Grand Door Prize package for 2017. One winner receives a season's use of a new six-row peanut combine. At the end of the 2017 season, the winner has the option of purchasing the combine from an authorized KMC dealer with $15,000 off the list price.

Bennie Branch, (right) president of KMC, presents Aaron Cosby of Smithville, Ga., with a certificate for the use of a KMC peanut combine.

KMC also provided a second drawing for one season's use of a new Digger Skaker Inverter (choice of a two-row, four-row, six-row or Flex model). At the end of the 2017 season, the winner has the option of purchasing the digger from an authorized KMC dealer with 10 percent off the list price.


Bennie Branch, president of KMC, presents Alex Hardy of Hawkinsville, Ga., with his prize of a season's use of a KMC digger.
Amadas Industries sponsors Grower Door Prize
The Grower Prize is the choice of one season's use of a new Amadas four-row or six-row peanut digger/inverter or a certificate good for the amount of $10,000.00 towards the purchase of any new Amadas self-propelled combine or $5,000 towards the purchase of a new 4-row or 6-row Amadas pull-type combine. Mark Mathis, Southeast Agricultural sales manager with Amadas, presents Al Rowland of Wrightsville, Ga. with his certificate.
For more information, contact Hannah Jones at 229-386-3470 or hannah@gapeanuts.com or Jessie Bland at 229-386-3472 or jessie@gapeanuts.com.