Patrons of the Georgia Peanut Farm Show walk the floor of the Albany Civic Center during last year’s exhibition. Georgia Peanut farmers produce 48 percent of the nation’s crop, officials say. This year’s show will be held Jan. 19.
ALBANY -- The 36th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show, sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission in cooperation with the University of Georgia, will be held Jan. 19 at the Albany Civic Center.
"We are excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Georgia Peanut Commission during the annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show this year," said Rodney Dawson, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Farm Show Committee. "We encourage all growers to attend the one-day show, which offers a variety of educational seminars and industry exhibits featuring new products and services."
Georgia is the top producing state for peanuts, growing about 48 percent of the nation's crop each year. In 2010, Georgia produced more than 800,000 tons of peanuts on farms in 70 of the state's 159 counties, pumping more than $2 billion into the state's economy.
In all, there are some 4,500 peanut farmers in Georgia, and peanuts are produced to some degree on 14,000 Georgia farms. Peanut Commission officials say there are 200 peanut-related businesses in the state, with 50,000 jobs attributed to the legume.
The show offers farmers a full day to view the products and services of more than 75 exhibitors and to attend educational seminars.
The show opens at 8:30 a.m. with door prize registration and closes at 3:45 p.m. with the announcement of the grand door prize winner.
The Georgia Peanut Commission will present a short program beginning at 11:15 a.m. that will cover award presentations and other special recognitions.
A free luncheon will follow for all peanut farmers in attendance and will feature an opportunity for farmers to win more than $40,000 in door prizes.
The University of Georgia will present an educational peanut production seminar at 9 a.m. focusing on peanut agronomic research, peanut seeding rate, new methods for determining peanut harvest, disease management, insect management and economics of peanut production.
Growers who participate in the peanut production seminar will earn credit toward pesticide certification.
An Industry Seed Seminar will also be held at 1:30 p.m. during the show. The event is sponsored by the American Peanut Shellers Association, Peanut Foundation, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Georgia Peanut Commission.
Growers will be able to learn about the peanut varieties available for 2012, calcium requirements for large-seeded runner cultivars and receive an update on peanut genomics.
During this year's show, Kelley Manufacturing Co. is providing the grand door prize of one season's use of a new four- or six-row peanut combine, valued at $10,000.
At the end of the season, the winner has the option of purchasing the combine from a KMC dealer after a reduction in the list price of $10,000.
An additional "Grower Door Prize" is sponsored by Amadas. The door prize is good for $10,000 toward the purchase of any new Amadas Self-Propelled Peanut Combine, $5,000 toward the purchase of any new Amadas Pull-Type Peanut Combine, or $1,000 toward the purchase of any new Amadas Peanut Inverter, Peanut Vine Conditioner, Infield Crop Transporter, Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper, Reel Rain Irrigation Traveler or their new Round Bale Cotton Handler.
For more information on the show, contact the Georgia Peanut Commission at (229) 386-3470 or visit the organization's website at www.gapeanuts.com.