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The Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show was again deemed a huge success. The event was held on February 9, 2017 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Ala.

This year’s attendance reached more than 600 with the largest number of exhibitors ever participating.

Peanut producers, along with others interested in the peanut industry and in agriculture as a whole attended the one-day event. In addition to the trade show, a marketing and crop outlook for the upcoming growing season was presented by Dr. Marshall Lamb from the National Peanut Research Lab in Dawson, Ga.

Several door prizes were given away throughout the day, including Kelly Manufacturing Company’s Grand Door Prize that was won by Harvey Harrell of Campbellton, Fla. The Grower Prize, presented by Amadas, was presented to Josh Grant of Uriah, Ala.

Peanuts, the healthy snack!

Peanuts, the healthy snack!

Over 250 legislators and farmers from across the state enjoyed sampling locally grown and produced foods during the Taste of Alabama Legislative Reception Feb. 15 at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Montgomery, Ala. home office. Staff from the Alabama Peanut Producers Association grilled up some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that are always a hit at this annual event. Pictured (L-R) Carole Granger, office manager, Teresa Mays, information specialist and Caleb Bristow, executive director

Peanut growers across the state are encouraged to attend one of the 2017 Peanut Production Meetings list below. A variety of researchers from Auburn University and the National Peanut Research Lab will be speaking. A meal will be served.
For more information contact: APPA at 334-792-6482
February 21
11:00 a.m.
The Lighthouse Restaurant
Irvington, AL
6:00 p.m.
Baldwin County Farmers Federation
Robertsdale, AL
February 22 
11:00 a.m.
Grace Fellowship Church
Atmore, AL
February 23
11:00 a.m.
Sportman’s Lodge
Selma, AL
4:00 p.m.
EV Smith Station
Shorter, AL
February 24
11:00 a.m.
North Alabama Agriplex Center
Cullman, AL
February 28
11:00 a.m.
Shane’s Rib Shack
Enterprise, AL
6:00 p.m.
Wiregrass Research & Extension Center
Headland, AL

The 12th annual Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds, located on Hwy. 231 South in Dothan, Alabama.
Sponsored by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) and the Florida Peanut Producers Association (FPPA), the one-day event offers farmers a full day to view the industry products and services of more than 80 exhibitors.
The trade show opens at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until noon with a lunch immediately following.
Dr. Marshall Lamb will speak to growers about crop outlook as well as the current market status.
Peanut growers who attend will not only be able to fine tune their farming operations, but will have a chance to win prizes valued at more than $20,000.
Kelley Manufacturing Company will be providing this year’s Grand Door Prize. The winner will receive the use of a new 6 Row Peanut Combine, on the winner’s farm, for the 2017 peanut harvesting season, with the option of purchasing the combine through an authorized KMC dealer with $15,000 off the list price.
The Grower Prize is being sponsored by Amadas. The use of a new 4-Row or 6-Row Amadas Peanut Digger/Inverter for the 2017 harvest season or $10,000 towards the purchase of a new Amadas Self-Propelled Peanut Combine or $5,000 towards the purchase of a new Amadas 4-Row or 6-Row Pull-Type Peanut Combine.
All winners must be certified as a peanut grower with an FSA farm number, and must be present to win.
All peanut growers are invited and encouraged to attend.
Exhibit space is still available. For more information, contact Teresa Mays with APPA at 334-792-6482 (, or Sherry Saunders at FPPA 850-526-2590.

The 2016 National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Ala. is well underway with thousands coming through the gates each night.npf-peanut-pavilion-2016

If you plan on attending, make sure you stop by the Peanut Pavilion located near to agriculture buildings on the south side of the fairgrounds.

Members from the Alabama Peanut Producers Association will be handing out samples of roasted and fried peanuts, in addition to peanut butter bars and other goodies. At designated times, guests will be able to sample those famous grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Please check with staff members in the pavilion as to specific times the grilled PB&Js will be available.

New Harvard study shows peanuts and peanut butter reduce Type 2 diabetes risk

A major new Harvard School of Public Health study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that consuming plant protein, including peanuts and peanut butter, can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.pb hero dipper2_horizontal_hi res

It is the first long-term study to investigate the impact of animal versus plant protein intake on Type 2 diabetes risk. Results from 20 years of data in over 200,000 people showed:

  • Participants who ate the highest levels of plant protein reduced their diabetes risk by 9%
  • Alternatively, participants with the highest animal protein diets increased their risk of Type 2 diabetes by 13%

Peanuts, peanut butter and whole grains were the top 3 plant protein sources consumed by study participants and showed the same diabetes-reducing effects as all plant protein:

  • Peanuts and peanut butter substituted in for animal protein, refined grains or potatoes resulted in 7-21% reduced diabetes risk.
  • Substituting in peanut protein for processed meat resulted in the highest diabetes risk reduction.


Deadline extended

Deadline extended

USDA extends deadline for recording farm structure
Gives non-family farming operations more time to restructure in response to ‘Actively Engaged’ farm management rule
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the applicable program year. Farming operations will now have until July 1 to complete their restructuring or finalize any operational change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued the extension in response to farmers and ranchers who requested more time to comply, and to assure that everyone has enough time to provide their information under the new rules.Planting May 2016

“Most farming and ranching organizations have been able to comply with the actively engaged rule,” said Vilsack. “This one-time extension should give producers who may still need to update their farm structure information the additional time to do so.”

The 2014 Farm Bill provided the Secretary with the direction and authority to amend the Actively Engaged in Farming rules related to management. The final rule established limits on the number of individuals who can qualify as actively engaged using only management. Only one payment limit for management is allowed under the rule, with the ability to request up to two additional qualifying managers operations for large and complex operations.

The rule does not apply to farming operations comprised entirely of family members. The rule also does not change the existing regulations related to contributions of land, capital, equipment or labor, or the existing regulations related to landowners with a risk in the crop or to spouses. Producers that planted fall crops have until the 2017 crop year to comply with the new rules. The payment limit associated with Farm Service Agency farm payments is generally limited annually to $125,000 per individual or entity.

Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. USDA has also provided $5.6 billion of disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like to Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA’s BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit
Peanuts are a home run

Peanuts are a home run

It’s time to swing into Spring, baseball and ball park visits. While you are keeping track of hits, runs and errors, let’s look at the statistics of the typical ballpark food.

Studio shot of a well-used baseball and miniature flags on a bed of peanuts. Concept for baseball games, ballpark snacks, or Fourth of July.

Don’t be thrown a curveball when it comes to fueling yourself. Look below to find your own sweet spot when it comes to balancing taste, preference and health.

So let’s start where the song ends “Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, I don’t care of I ever come back…” Great iconic song and actually great advice. Peanuts are high on the list of foods to choose when at the game.

Peanuts (1 oz.)
166 calories
Fat 14g
Carbohydrates 6g
Sugars 1g

Peanuts have more protein than any other nut—7 grams per serving and peanuts have over 30 essential vitamins and nutrients.

Peanuts are full of unsaturated fats, the good fats for your body and a positive when it comes to heart health. In fact, scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, including peanuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Antioxidants are found in the skin of peanuts—which, when you buy that great bag and shell your own, you are getting the whole, roasted wonderful peanut-and all the nutrients it has to offer. This is the ultimate unprocessed whole food snack at the field.

Cotton Candy (1 bag, 28g)
180 calories
Carbohydrates 28g
Sugars 28g

Primarily sugar, after eating cotton candy there is a good chance you will soon crash and then crave something else, most likely high in sugar as well.

Cracker Jacks (1/2 cup, 28g)
120 calories
Fat 2 g fat
Carbohydrates 23g
Sugars 15 g

Yes, this treat has peanuts, but the popcorn part is covered in syrup and sugar! Still, enforced portion control provides fewer calories, fat and carbohydrates than a small popcorn! When buying a whole bag, the stats get much better if shared.

Buttered Popcorn (1/2 size small, 4.5 cups)
287 calories
Fat 18g
Carbohydrates 28g
Sodium 250mg

Air-popped popcorn is a nutritious whole-grain snack. But things can get out of control fast when lots of oil, butter and salt are added.

At Yankee Stadium a jumbo popcorn has 1,484 calories—70 percent of most people’s 2,000-calorie daily needs. Stadium popped popcorn is high in fat and carbohydrates and just one serving (1/2 a small size) gives you 10 percent of your daily value of sodium.

Peanuts and baseball have a long history together and it’s easy to see why. In addition to the delicious smell of roasting peanuts in the air, peanuts have the combination of good fats, fiber and protein to keep you satisfied through the 7th inning stretch.

Article written by Heidi Skolnik, M.S., C.D.N., FACSM. Considered a thought leader in nutrition, Heidi has influenced millions through her media work, writing and thriving consulting business, Nutrition Conditioning. She has worked with the professional basketball, football and baseball teams in New York, as well as NHL, MLS, WNBA, Olympic competitors, professional cyclists, marathoners, and collegiate athletes.

The 18th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be held July 21-23, 2016 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida. The three-day event Sandestin logoprovides farmers with information peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions. In addition to the conference sessions, the event focuses on the family by offering a ladies program and a golf 2016 SPGC OFFICIAL Logo_spot colors for TSHIRTS.pdftournament.

Information about the conference and sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting the Alabama Peanut Producers Association at 334-792-6482 or email

To View Conference Info
Sponsorship Packet
Printable Registration form
Register Online
Online Resort Reservations
Call Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort at 1-800-622-1038 and ask for the Southern Peanut Growers Conf. Rate to make reservations.