Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 14, 2014

Learn latest, greatest news in the peanut industry

Clint Thompson
University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

TIFTON —  An estimated 2,000 peanut farmers and industry personnel will visit the UGA Tifton campus on Thursday to learn about the latest technological advancements in the industry, visit exhibits and see the newest equipment being used in the top peanut-producing state in the country.

Members of the UGA Tifton campus’ peanut team plan to deliver seminars during the all-day event. Glen Harris, an Extension agronomist and soils and fertility expert with UGA, will talk about the potential use of unmanned aerial vehicles; entomologist Mark Abney will discuss insect management; and Nathan Smith and Amanda Smith will talk about the economics of the industry.

 “It’s a huge industry. We’re proud to be able to support it right here in south Georgia,” said Joe West, assistant dean on the UGA Tifton campus. “It’s a really good partnership, and it’s good for the state of Georgia.”

 This marks the second year the UGA Tifton campus will host the annual event. Last year’s event attracted some 1,800 people. The number of vendors is also expected to increase this year. A highlight of the farm show is the return presence of Thrush Aircraft, who landed a crop-dusting aircraft on UGA’s vegetable park last year.

 “Given that the Georgia Peanut Commission and the University of Georgia Tifton Campus are in Tifton, it always seemed logical that the Peanut Farm Show should be here as well,” West said. “We recruited them to come to Tifton. I think they’ve been pleased because the conference center has proven to be an excellent venue. The vendors were very pleased with our first event last year. It just gives them great access to both the Georgia Peanut Commission and the University of Georgia.”

 The Georgia Peanut Commission organizes the Peanut Farm Show and UGA hosts the event.

 “We had very good feedback from all of our exhibitors last year,” said Jamison Cruce, event coordinator with the Georgia Peanut Commission. “They want to be here. The farmers want to be here. Overall, it’s just a nice place to be.”

 Registration for door prizes begins at 8:30 a.m. and the show concludes at 2:30 p.m.

To learn more about peanut research at UGA, visit  www.caes.uga.edu/commodities/fieldcrops/peanuts/index.html.