Farmers Allan Pearce, left, and Kevin Lewis look at the KMC display at a former Georgia Peanut Farm Show.
TIFTON, Ga. -- With the fifth year of record peanut yields in Georgia, peanut growers and those involved in the peanut industry will gather in Tifton on Jan. 17 for the 2013 Georgia Peanut Farm Show.
The annual events gives those attending an opportunity to learn more about the latest in the products, services and peanut research.
The 37th annual show and conference will be held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission in cooperation with the University of Georgia.
The one-day show offers farmers a full day to view the products and services of more than 85 exhibitors and a day of education. 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 an opportunity for farmers to win more than $40,000 in door prizes.
The University of Georgia will present educational peanut production seminars throughout the day from 9 a.m. until 2:20 p.m. Topics focus on peanut cultivars, disease management, weed control, insect management, precision ag, maturity determination, marketing options and more.
An Industry Seed Seminar will also be held at 2:30 p.m. during the show. This 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 farm saved seed, peanut varieties available for 2013 and calcium sources and timing of application for peanuts.
Farmers will also have the opportunity to earn credit towards their private or commercial pesticide applicators certification.
Tours of research facilities on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus will begin at 10 a.m. Participants will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the new Georgia Peanut Commission headquarters located at 445 Fulwood Blvd. in Tifton at the conclusion of the show until 5:30 p.m. The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, will hold a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center during the show.
During this year's show Kelley Manufacturing Co. is providing the grand door prize. The winner receives one season's use of a new four or six row peanut combine. At the end of the 2013 season the winner has the option of purchasing the combine at a discounted price.
Also, in recognition of the farm show's return to Tifton, KMC is providing a second drawing for a new digger shaker inverter of the farmer's choice for the 2013 harvest season with the same purchase option.
Additionally, farmers can register to win the Grower Prize, donated by Amadas Industries. This prize is a certificate for $10,000 towards the purchase of any new Amadas self-propelled combine.
Winners of any of the prizes must be a certified peanut farmer with a FSA farm number.
For more information on the show, contact the Georgia Peanut Commission at 229-386-3470 or visit the GPC?web site at www.gapeanuts.com.