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Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show Set For Feb. 2, 2023

Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show Set For Feb. 2, 2023

The Alabama Peanut Producers Association and Florida Peanut Producers Association invite peanut growers and industry representatives from their respective states to attend the 2023 Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the National Peanut Festival fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama. Doors will open at 8:30 am.

 

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with more than 60 agribusinesses and organizations in the peanut and agricultural industry. Farmers will also get to view research projects funded with their check-off dollars, and speak to the researchers from Auburn University and the University of Florida.

 

A sponsored lunch will be provided at 12 pm for trade show attendees. During lunch, attendees will hear about the current peanut market and legislative updates. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the show, including a trip to the 2023 Southern Peanut Growers Conference and a shotgun.

 

There are still spots available for exhibitors. Click here for Exhibitor Information.

 

For more information on the peanut trade show, contact the Alabama Peanut Producers Association at 334-792-6482 or the Florida Peanut Producers Association at 850-526-2590.

USDA Provides Payments of nearly $800 Million in Assistance to Help Keep Farmers Farming

USDA Provides Payments of nearly $800 Million in Assistance to Help Keep Farmers Farming

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that distressed borrowers with qualifying USDA farm loans have already received nearly $800 million in assistance, as part of the $3.1 billion in assistance for distressed farm loan borrowers provided through Section 22006 of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The IRA directed USDA to expedite assistance to distressed borrowers of direct or guaranteed loans administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) whose operations face financial risk.

 

 

Today’s announcement kicks off a process to provide assistance to distressed farm loan borrowers using several complementary approaches, with the goal of keeping them farming, removing obstacles that currently prevent many of these borrowers from returning to farming, and improving the way that USDA approaches borrowing and servicing. Through this assistance, USDA is focused on generating long-term stability and success for distressed borrowers.

 

 

“Through no fault of their own, our nation’s farmers and ranchers have faced incredibly tough circumstances over the last few years,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The funding included in today’s announcement helps keep our farmers farming and provides a fresh start for producers in challenging positions.”

 

 

Work has already started to bring some relief to distressed farmers. As of today, over 13,000 borrowers have already benefited from the resources provided under the Inflation Reduction Act as follows:

 

 

Approximately 11,000 delinquent direct and guaranteed borrowers had their accounts brought current. USDA also paid the next scheduled annual installment for these direct loan borrowers giving them peace of mind in the near term.
Approximately 2,100 borrowers who had their farms foreclosed on and still had remaining debt have had this debt resolved in order to cease debt collections and garnishment relieving that burden that has made getting a fresh start more difficult.

 

In addition to the automatic assistance already provided, USDA has also outlined steps to administer up to an additional $500 million in payments to benefit the following distressed borrowers:

 

 

USDA will administer $66 million in separate automatic payments, using COVID-19 pandemic relief funds, to support up to 7,000 direct loan borrowers who used FSA’s disaster-set-aside option during the pandemic to move their scheduled payments to the end of their loans.
USDA is also initiating two case-by-case processes to provide additional assistance to farm loan borrowers. Under the first new process, FSA will review and assist with delinquencies from 1,600 complex cases, including cases in which borrowers are facing bankruptcy or foreclosure. The second new process will add a new option using existing direct loan servicing criteria to intervene more quickly and help an estimated 14,000 financially distressed borrowers who request assistance to avoid even becoming delinquent.

 

More details on each of the categories of assistance, including a downloadable fact sheet, are available on the Inflation Reduction Act webpage on farmers.gov.

 

 

Similar to other USDA assistance, all of these payments will be reported as income and borrowers are encouraged to consult their tax advisors. USDA also has resources and partnerships with cooperators who can provide additional assistance and help borrowers navigate the process.

 

 

The announcement today is only the first step in USDA’s efforts to provide assistance to distressed farm loan borrowers and respond to farmers and to improve the loan servicing efforts at USDA by adding more tools and relaxing unnecessary restrictions. Additional announcements and investments in assistance will be made as USDA institutes these additional changes and improvements.

 

 

This effort will ultimately also include adding more tools and relaxing unnecessary restrictions through assistance made possible by Congress through the IRA. Further assistance and changes to the approach will be made in subsequent phases.

 

 

Background

USDA provides access to credit to approximately 115,000 producers who cannot obtain sufficient commercial credit through direct and guaranteed farm loans, which do not include farm storage facility loans or marketing assistance loans. With the funds and direction Congress provided in Section 22006 of IRA, USDA is taking action to immediately provide relief to qualifying distressed borrowers whose operations are at financial risk while working on making transformational changes to how USDA goes about loan servicing in the long run so that borrowers are provided the flexibility and opportunities needed to address the inherent risks and unpredictability associated with agricultural operations and remain in good financial standing.

 

 

In January 2021, USDA suspended foreclosures and other adverse actions on direct farm loans due to the pandemic and encouraged guaranteed lenders to follow suit. Last week, USDA reiterated this request to guaranteed lenders to provide time for the full set of IRA distressed borrower assistance to be made available before lenders take irreparable actions.

 

 

Producers can explore available loan options using the Farm Loan Discovery Tool on farmers.gov (also available in Spanish) or by contacting their local USDA Service Center. Producers can also call the FSA call center at 877-508-8364 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern. USDA has tax-related resources available at farmers.gov/taxes.

 

 

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

 

2022 National Peanut Festival Recipe Contest Set For Oct. 27

2022 National Peanut Festival Recipe Contest Set For Oct. 27

The 2022 National Peanut Festival (NPF) Recipe Contest is set for Thursday, October 27. Entries can be dropped off at the NPF Volunteer Building between 8 – 10 am. Judging begins at  10 a.m. Awards ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the NPF Bank Plus Arena.

 

Click this link for rules and entry forms:  https://cdn.saffire.com/files.ashx?t=fg&rid=NationalPeanutFestival&f=2022_RECIPE_CONTEST_RULES.pdf

 

Alabama Peanut Producers Association is a sponsor of this contest.

 

Wiregrass Annual Field Crops Day Set For August 19

Wiregrass Annual Field Crops Day Set For August 19

The Wiregrass Research and Extension Center (WREC) in Headland, Alabama will host the annual Field Crops Day on Friday, August 19, 2022. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Field tours begin at 8 a.m. Lunch will follow.

 

Attendees to the field day will have the opportunity to tour research plots and listen to a variety of agriculture research professionals give explanations of their research projects. Alabama Extension area specialists will give mid-season crop updates as well.

 

Alabama Peanut Producers Association and National Peanut Board have funded many of the peanut research projects at WREC. Growers can see their check-off dollars at work.

 

Research projects include cotton pest management, cover crops, peanut and cotton variety tests, fungicide strategies on peanuts and cotton fertility with poultry litter.

 

The WREC is located at 167 East AL Highway 134, Headland, Alabama 36345. For more information call 334-693-3800.

2022 Wiregrass Weed Tour to be held

2022 Wiregrass Weed Tour to be held

The Wiregrass Research and Extension Center (WREC) in Headland, Alabama has announced plans for the 2022 Wiregrass Weed Tour on Thursday, July 7.

 

Registration begins at 4:30 pm in the WREC auditorium, with the program beginning at 4:45 pm.

 

Topics include Alite 27 resistant cotton update, PPO and auxin resistant Palmer management, grass control in cotton and peanut, burndown evaluations, drone remote sensing update, spray drone demonstration and discussion.

 

Dinner will be provided after the auditorium presentation and before the field tour. Please RSVP to the WREC at 334-693-2363 or Sedrick Mack, Agronomic REA, 334-441-8384.

U.S. Peanut Federation Testifies at U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing focusing on Agricultural Trade

U.S. Peanut Federation Testifies at U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing focusing on Agricultural Trade

U.S. Peanut Federation Testifies at U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing focusing on Agricultural Trade

 

Chairman Warnock Notes EU Non-Tariff Trade Issue for Peanuts

June 9, 2022 – Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade, held a hearing June 9, 2022, on “Agricultural Trade: Priorities and Issues Facing America’s Farmers.” Representing the U.S. Peanut Federation, Karla Baker Thompson with JET Farms Georgia and Integrity Farms of Camilla, Georgia, presented testimony on the export market for peanuts and some of the issues the peanut industry is facing.
In Thompson’s testimony, she presented information on some of the major export markets. In Canada, the U.S. has witnessed an increase in the last few years, but it is still significantly off when compared to export numbers prior to 2013. In Japan, the U.S. has generally seen a flat trend line with significant market swings year after year. The U.S. has experienced a general upward trend in market share for Mexico. However, there are large swings in the Mexican market year after year. China is an unpredictable market for U.S. peanuts. While the China market made a large purchase of U.S. peanuts in 2016 and then again in 2020, there is clearly no consistency in U.S. peanut export sales to China.
Thompson highlighted the decline in peanut exports to the European Union (EU) for U.S. peanuts. While the EU market saw a significant increase over 2021 in the first 3 months of 2022, the overall trend line since 2003 has been downward. The U.S. market share decreased in the EU from approximately 40 percent in 2003 to 14 percent in 2021. Much of this market share loss has been to developing countries. The increase in U.S. market share in early 2022 is deceptive since the overall U.S. peanut exports to the EU have decreased drastically since 2003.
“A look at our major export markets shows some of the issues we are facing. Our best markets, and those with the most potential for growth, are the markets that pay premium prices,” Thompson says. “These markets provide prices that are profitable for exporters and have an impact on grower prices. Unfortunately, some of these best markets are not healthy.”
U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock, D-Georgia, Chairman of the Subcommittee, opened the hearing stating, “Today’s hearing, titled ‘Agricultural Trade: Priorities and Issues Facing America’s Farmers,’ is an opportunity for members of this Subcommittee to hear directly from our farmers regarding their trade challenges and priorities in today’s changing economy. Just last week, I spent time in Musella, Georgia, meeting with a group of farmers and agriculture leaders to discuss the stress our farmers are experiencing. The message I heard was clear – farming is always a tough job, but especially right now. Farmers in Georgia and throughout the country have been forced to navigate a tremendous amount of uncertainty over the last few years. Trade wars, COVID-19 supply chain disruptions, and Russia’s war in Ukraine have all sent shockwaves through global commodity markets.”
Chairman Warnock also commented on the peanut industry’s struggles with the EU, “Last year, I partnered with Senator Tuberville to highlight concerns to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) raised by our peanut farmers in getting their products to market in Europe, and ways we need federal agencies to better coordinate and step up to help address this issue.”
In addition to Thompson, other individuals testifying include Gopi Munisamay, distinguished professor at the University of Georgia Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Sheryl Meshke, co-president and CEO of Associated Milk Producers Inc. and Neal Fisher, administrator of the North Dakota Wheat Commission.
The United States Peanut Federation (USPF) is comprised of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, the American Peanut Shellers Association, and the National Peanut Buying Points Association. USPF serves as a unified voice in Washington, D.C. for all sectors of the peanut industry and advocates actively for strong agricultural policy. For additional information, please contact the USPF at (202) 543-7464.
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Top Peanut Producing Counties Announced

Top Peanut Producing Counties Announced

The USDA – National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced the top  peanut producing counties in Alabama for 2021. Leading off the state in total peanuts produced is Houston County with 124,200,000 lbs. Geneva County follows with 74,850,000 lbs, Baldwin County with 74,660,000 lbs., Henry County with 70,380,000 lbs., and Escambia County rounds out the top 5 with 52,370,000 lbs.

 

Other top producing counties include Coffee, Dale, Mobile, Covington, Monroe, Barbour, Pike and Dallas.

 

Alabama peanut growers harvested 182,000 acres of peanuts and produced a total of 622,200,000 lbs. of peanuts in 2021. Alabama stands as #2 in peanut production in the nation. Georgia ranks #1.

 

Information shared by: USDA, NASS – Southern Region; Media Contact is Anthony Prillaman; www.nass.usda.gov; released May 2022

EPA Approves Brake Section 18 label for Alabama Peanuts

EPA Approves Brake Section 18 label for Alabama Peanuts

Section 18 label for Brake® herbicide to be used in Alabama peanuts has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry (ADAI) for resistant Palmer amaranth control. Peanut growers can take advantage of this new label as soon as the 2022 season.

 

Alabama counties included in this label are:
AUTAUGA, BALDWIN, BARBOUR, BLOUNT, BUTLER, CALHOUN, CHEROKEE, CLARKE, COFFEE, CONECUH, COVINGTON, CRENSHAW, DALE, DALLAS, DEKALB, ESCAMBIA, FAYETTE, FRANKLIN, GENEVA, HENRY, HOUSTON, JACKSON, LAWRENCE, LEE, MACON, MOBILE, MONROE, PICKENS, PIKE, RUSSELL, TUSCALOOSA, WASHINGTON

 

Key points regarding this new label:

1. Brake® can only be applied to runner type varieties, do not apply to Spanish or Valencia varieties.
2. Use rate of 12-16 oz./ acre depending on soil type. Do not apply more than 16 fl. oz. per acre per year. Multiple year data from Alabama suggested sufficient peanut tolerance to 16 fl. oz./ acre of Brake® when applied pre-emergent.
3. Brake® can be applied from 14 days prior to planting until 72 hours after planting. Do not spray Brake® on emerged peanut as severe injury will occur.
4. Zero month plant back restrictions on cotton and peanut, 2 month on soybean and sweet potato, 8 month on wheat, barley and rye, 10 month on corn and sorghum.
5. Tank mixing Brake® with another peanut residual herbicide is highly recommended to defer herbicide resistance and increase spectrum of weed control. Dual Magnum®, Outlook®, Warrant®, Prowl H2O®, Valor® and Strongarm® are tank mix partners with Brake® for pre-emergent and Pre-plant applications.
6. Brake® is a good alternative for Palmer amaranth control when Valor® splashing injury is a concern.
7. Brake® works great on cover crop residues and no till fields in previous Alabama field trials funded by Alabama peanut check-off. A 0.5 inch of rain/irrigation is sufficient to fully activate this herbicide.

 

View the full Brake® label – CLICK HERE

 

Questions? Please contact:

Dr. Steve Li
Extension weed scientist
334-707-7370
steveli@auburn.edu

 

Join us for the 2022 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

Join us for the 2022 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

Registration is now open for the 2022 Southern Peanut Growers Conference,
July 21-23 at Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida.

This year’s theme is “Together Towards Tomorrow.” You can access conference registration, hotel information and sponsorship information at http://southernpeanutfarmers.org/southern-peanut-growers-conference/.


Important Details Regarding Lodging
There is no longer a block of rooms available at Edgewater Beach Resort for the conference. All rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. It is very important for you to go ahead and reserve your room ASAP before the resort books up.

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with peanut growers and industry leaders from across the southeast! If you have questions, please contact the APPA office 334-792-6482.

 

The Southern Peanut Growers Conference is brought to you by:

U.S. Peanut Federation Testifies at U.S. House Ag Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2022) – The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing March 1, 2022, on “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Commodity Group Perspectives on Title I.” Chairman David Scott, D-Georgia, opened the hearing stating, “As we look ahead to the 2023 Farm Bill, I am committed to making sure that the full breadth of voices from our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and consumers is represented in our efforts. Today’s panel is an integral piece in that process, and I look forward to the months ahead as we discuss the other farm bill titles and issue areas.”
Nine commodity groups testified at the hearing including the U.S. Peanut Federation’s witness, Meredith McNair Rogers, a Camilla, Georgia, peanut grower. Ms. Rogers discussed the rising costs of inputs in peanut production and related analyses from representative farming operations.
“When I met with the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee early last fall, I spoke of increased input costs such as fertilizer and equipment. In addition, I shared with you the delays in equipment parts and repair. Since the Subcommittee’s Roundtable last year, the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, has completed its review of U.S. Representative Peanut Farm data covering all the peanut production regions. These 22 peanut farms, from Virginia to New Mexico, have been reviewed for 21 years (2001-2022). What we have learned from this most recent, comprehensive data is that peanut growers have struggled to cover their cost of production.”
Rogers provided the Committee specific data from representative peanut farms that demonstrated the increases in cost of production:
“… The 2021 representative farm update revealed the average expected peanut yield to be 4760 lbs. per acre. In a cash flow analysis, the 2021 total cash flow was $545.97 per ton. The projected 2022 peanut total cash flow cost to produce a ton of peanuts is estimated to be $666.94. This is approximately a 22% increase over the 2021 cost of production.”
The House Agriculture Committee is expected to continue its hearing process in preparation for the 2023 Farm Bill. Fifteen members of the Committee are from peanut producing states. The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee will announce its 2023 Farm Bill hearings in the near future.
The United States Peanut Federation (USPF) is comprised of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, the American Peanut Shellers Association, and the National Peanut Buying Points Association. USPF serves as a unified voice in Washington, D.C. for all sectors of the peanut industry and advocates actively for strong agricultural policy. For additional information, please contact the USPF at (202) 543-7464.