The Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show was held Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the National Peanut Festival fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama. Over 300 peanut growers and industry partners from Alabama and Florida attended to view industry products and services offered by more than 60 exhibitors. The trade show is sponsored by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) and the Florida Peanut Producers Association (FPPA).
A catered lunch was provided by the National Peanut Board, APPA, and FPPA. After lunch, Dr. Marshall Lamb, from the National Peanut Research Lab, spoke to growers about the 2019 crop outlook as well as the current market status. Attendees also heard from Bob Parker, President of the National Peanut Board, and Bob Redding, of the Redding Firm.
A special presentation was made to the American Peanut Shellers Association (APSA) to recognize their success as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. Jamie Brown, Vice-President and President-elect for APSA, was on hand to accept the award.
Several door prizes were given out throughout the morning of the trade show, but the prizes everyone was most looking forward to winning were announced at lunch.
The Grand Door Prize, provided by Kelley Manufacturing Co., of one season’s use of a six-row peanut combine, and the option to purchase at the end of the season with $15,000 of the list price was won by Mitch Danford of Cottonwood, AL.
The Grower Prize, provided by Amadas Industries, of one season’s use of a peanut digger/ inverter or $10,000 towards the purchase of a new Amadas self-propelled peanut combine or $5,000 towards the purchase of a new pull-type combine was won by Greg Kaiser of Elberta, AL. The AMADAS “Parts Credit” for $1,000 was won by Ashby Massey of Graceville, FL.
The “Ag Trip of a Lifetime”, provided by Colombo North America, of a trip to Brazil to visit Columbo’s manufacturing plants during harvest season, including farms, shelling plants, and local tourism, was won by Tammy Long of Bascom, FL.
Mike Newberry, of Blakely, GA, won a free trip to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in July. Keith Watford, of Gordon, AL, won a Benelli Nova 12 gauge shotgun.