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2018 Farm Bill Update
The Georgia Peanut Commission continues to work on your behalf in Washington, D.C. through the legislative process of developing the 2018 Farm Bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the farm bill by a 213-211 vote on June 21, 2018.
The U.S. Senate approved the farm bill by an 86-11 vote on June 28, 2018.

The Farm Bill Conference Committee held a public hearing on Sept. 5. Agriculture Committee leaders announced a deal on Nov. 29, 2018.

The conference report was signed by the House and Senate Farm Bill conferees and will be considered with a vote in both chambers.

House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Members Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) released the text of the bipartisan, bicameral 2018 Farm Bill conference report on Dec. 10, 2018.

GPC supports maintaining the current PLC program in the 2014 Farm Bill including the following key provisions:
• Current Reference Price for Peanuts
• Separate Peanut Payment Limit (as established in the 2002 Farm Bill)
• Storage and Handling Provisions
View Text of the Farm Bill
View U.S. House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Info
View U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Info

Board members renominated to serve on Georgia Peanut Commission Board of Directors
Nomination meetings to fill three positions on the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) Board of Directors were held Dec. 10 in Ocilla, Vienna and Americus. The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation conducted the meetings and three currently serving board members were renominated without opposition. Those members include Armond Morris, District 2; Rodney Dawson, District 4 and Donald Chase, District 5. All three board members are automatically elected to serve a three-year term on the Georgia Peanut Commission Board of Directors.
Nominations open for Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award
Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer. The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Tifton, Georgia. The award is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and BASF.
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Download application - pdf/word
Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Jan. 17, 2019 in Tifton
Make plans to attend the 43rd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The one-day show is free and open to all farmers and industry representatives to attend.  
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Georgia Peanut Commission Hurricane Michael Update: Impact on Georgia's Peanut Industry
Hurricane Michael devastated Georgia agriculture during the most inopportune time; harvest season for many agricultural commodities. One of those commodities included peanuts, where 50 percent of the crop had been harvested. The remaining 50 percent is yet to be harvested as crop conditions deteriorate and damaged peanut buying points struggle to regain power to dry and grade the peanuts. Many unknowns remain about the devastation of the 2018 Georgia peanut crop.
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Georgia Peanut Commission increases funding for research projects in 2018
The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) board of directors has approved $581,896 in research project funding for the 2018-19 research budget year. This action was taken during the commission’s March board meeting. The research projects approved include 34 project proposals submitted from the University of Georgia and USDA Agricultural Research Service.
View press release
View 2018-19 Approved Research Projects
Budget Agreement Eliminates Generic Base
Congress cleared a budget agreement and disaster-aid package that has a significant impact on farmers for the 2018 crop year. The budget agreement passed the House by a vote of 240 to 186 and passed the Senate by a vote of 71 to 28. The President has also signed the legislation.
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Download NCPC's Seed Cotton Provision in Regards to Payment Yield and Generic Base Acres Fact Sheet.
Download the 2018 Seed Cotton Generic Base and Payment Yield Updating Calculator.
Georgia Peanut Commission Research Report Day
The Georgia Peanut Commission held their annual Research Report Day, Feb. 8, 2018, at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL), located on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. The event provided growers and industry representatives an opportunity to hear the latest reports and newest information available on peanut research projects funded by GPC in 2017.
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2018 University of Georgia Peanut Update
The University of Georgia Peanut Team produces a Peanut Update every year for growers. The update provides information for the 2018 production season focusing on peanut breeding, insect management, disease update, Peanut Rx and weed control. The publication
is made possible through funding from the Georgia Peanut Commission.
Download the 2018 Peanut Update.
Winners of Georgia Peanut Calendar photo contest announced
The Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a photo contest June 7-Oct. 1, 2017, to fill the pages of the 2018 Georgia Peanut Calendar, “Photos from the Field.” Peanut farmers from across Georgia were encouraged to submit their best high-resolution photo of peanut production on their farm for a chance to feature the photo in the 2018 calendar.
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View winning photos

Georgia Peanut Commission applauds revision of Seg. 2 peanuts published in Federal Register
The Georgia Peanut Commission applauds the efforts today of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service final rule (7 CFR Part 996) published in the Federal Register to revise the minimum quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States. This rule implements a recommendation from the Peanut Standards Board to raise the grading score used to classify farmer stock peanuts as Segregation 2 from 2.49 percent to 3.49 percent.
View press release
View final rule

Southern Peanut Farmers Federation applauds U.S. House Ag Committee Listening Session
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation today applauded U.S. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway and the other members of the committee who held a listening session today about the 2018 Farm Bill.
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View U.S. House Ag Committee press release
Watch archived video of listening session

McMillan testifies during U.S. House Ag Committee hearing on farm bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tim McMillan, farmer from Enigma, Georgia, testified today in support of maintaining the peanut provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program in the next farm bill. In his testimony, McMillan says, “If the PLC program had not been in place, I am afraid many farms in the Southeast would no longer exist because of the downturn in the farm economy which has plagued us the past three years.” McMillan testified on behalf of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation today at the hearing titled, “The Next Farm Bill: Commodity Policy Part II” before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.
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View Tim McMillan's testimony
Watch the archived hearing
Through the Eyes of a Famer video series feature on Tim McMillan
Georgia Peanut Commission recognizes county Extension agents
The Georgia Peanut Commission awarded county Extension agents recently with the Georgia Peanut Education for Excellence award. The awards are based on the complete peanut educational program over a three-year period for a county. Program examples include meetings, field days, newsletters, mass media, social media and result demonstrations. The winners are:
1st place - Bill Tyson, Bullock County
2nd place - Mark Crosby, Emanuel County
3rd place - Brock Ward, Miller County
4th place - Phillip Edwards, Irwin County
(Pictured left to right: Scott Monfort, UGA Extension peanut agronomist; Marcus Evans, GPC director of field services; Tyson, Crosby, Ward and Edwards.
Georgia Peanut Commission Annual Report
The Georgia Peanut Commission works on the farmer's behalf through promotion, research, education.
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Georgia Peanut Crop Progress Report
Crop progress reports are generally issued weekly during the growing season, and they contain information on plantings, growing, and harvesting progress and overall condition of selected crops in major producing states. The data, summarized by crop and by state, are republished along with any revisions in the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.
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