2020 Estimated Peanut Production for Alabama Released

2020 Estimated Peanut Production for Alabama Released

The USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) has published the 2020 estimated peanut production for Alabama. NASS has estimated that Alabama peanut growers produced 637 million pounds of peanuts in 2020. That makes Alabama 2nd in the nation in peanut production, with Georgia ranking first. The U.S. produced 6.13 billion pounds of peanuts in 2020.

Houston County is estimated as the top peanut producing county with 105,930,000 pounds of peanuts produced, and Baldwin County comes in next at 96,070,000 pounds of peanuts produced. The top five is rounded out by Geneva County, Escambia County and Henry County, respectively.

 

View the USDA NASS report here – ALPeanut2020

Released May 2021 by USDA, NASS

Peanuts… A Super-powered Superfood Grown by Superheros

Peanuts… A Super-powered Superfood Grown by Superheros

The world was caught off guard in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. Peanuts proved to be a necessity to many Americans during this uncertain time. According to the National Peanut Board, March 2020 peanut butter sales increased 75% over the previous year, and per capita consumption of peanuts increased to 7.6 pounds in 2020 – an all-time high!

 

Peanuts have the most protein of any nut – 7 grams per 1 ounce serving. They contain more than 30 essential vitamins and minerals, good fiber and good fats. It takes a small serving of peanuts to reap huge benefits on your health. Eating a 1 ounce serving of peanuts a day can help reduce your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cancer.

 

This superfood is also sustainable and leaves a small carbon footprint. Peanuts are a “zero-waste” plant, even the hulls are utilized. It takes only 4.7 gallons of water to grow 1 ounce of peanuts – that’s less than any other comparable sources of nutrition. Peanuts improve the soil because they are nitrogen fixing, which means they take nitrogen from the air and produce their own in the ground, benefiting other crops grown in the same soil.

 

Throughout 2020, our peanut farmers still managed to plant another nutritious and affordable food crop to feed our nation. Alabama ranked second in the nation in pounds of peanuts harvested. Farming is a risk-taking profession. Even with new technologies and innovations, it takes faith to plant a peanut seed in the spring and wait to reap the harvest in the fall.

 

“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” Ecclesiastes 11:4

 

Our peanut farmers will tell you that the reward of harvesting a nutritional, affordable and delicious food crop outweighs the risks, and that makes them our SUPERHEROS.

 

References:
The Peanut Institute – www.peanut-institute.com
National Peanut Board – www.nationalpeanutboard.org
USDA – National Agricultural Statistics Service – www.nass.usda.gov

Peanuts are Part of a Healthy Diet for Life

Peanuts are Part of a Healthy Diet for Life

National Peanut Month is a great time to focus on Peanut Nutrition. USDA released the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) at the end of last year. The DGAs are notable to the peanut industry for the following reasons:

 

    • For the first time ever, the DGAs have included nutrition guidance for infants and children 0-24 months and for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

    • Highlighting these groups includes the early introduction of peanut foods and eating peanuts during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

    • The guidance for introducing peanut foods is more inclusive to all babies, stating “Introducing peanut-containing foods in the first year reduces the risk that an infant will develop a food allergy to peanuts.”

    • Pregnant and lactating women are encouraged to eat a diverse diet and not to eliminate potentially allergenic foods as a way to prevent food allergies in their child.

 

The new DGAs also help us highlight that peanuts are part of a healthy diet for life. Research confirms that peanuts provide the body with protective benefits that are essential for healthy aging.

 

Heart Health: Peanuts provide benefits for the most important muscle in the body, the heart. Peanuts have an FDA-approved heart health claim that says, “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove that eating 1.5 oz. 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.”

 

Diabetes Management: Peanuts and peanut butter are great for people with diabetes because they have been shown to have a low glycemic index and are full of good nutrients, along with being on many recommended food lists, including the American Diabetes Association.

 

Skin Health: Vitamin E, found in peanuts, can help reduce build-up of free radicals from the sun. Free radicals speed up conditions related to the aging process. Two tablespoons of peanut butter provides 15% DV of Vitamin E.

 

Vision Health: Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the U.S., affects nearly 11 million people ages 60 and older. A 2017 study found that eating peanuts is associated with a lowered risk of AMD. (Source: Chiu C-J, Change M-L, Li T, Gensler G, Taylor A. Visualization of dietary patterns and their associations with age-related macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017;58:XXX-XXX. DOI: 10.1167/iovs.16-20454)

 

What’s all this great information tell us? To keep eating peanuts, peanut butter and other peanut products!

 

Need some help finding recipes? Visit peanutbutterlovers.com to find delicious peanut recipes for breakfast, lunch, snack and more.

 

This information was provided by the National Peanut Board (NPB). The NPB works to improve the economic condition of USA peanut farmers and their families through compelling promotion and groundbreaking research.

Coastal Growers Shelling Facility in Atmore

Coastal Growers Shelling Facility in Atmore

UPDATED 3/10/21

 

ATMORE, ALA. – Today, Wednesday March 10th , Coastal Growers LLC held their official groundbreaking ceremony. The city welcomed Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to Atmore as part of the groundbreaking ceremony.

 

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the groundbreaking for Coastal Growers, which will be a first-class peanut production facility,” Gov. Ivey said. “Coastal Growers is proving that Alabama’s economy remains strong and is bouncing back from what has been a hard year. This partnership is a win-win for Atmore, the surrounding communities and the state of Alabama.”

         

 

Written December 8, 2020

 

ATMORE, ALA. – Coastal Growers LLC plans to build an $87 million peanut shelling and storage plant in Atmore, AL. The plant, targeted to open up in December of 2021, will bring at least 100 jobs to the area with more temporary workers being needed during peak shelling times.

 

The idea of the cooperative shelling plant for Southwest Alabama began two years ago when several grower leaders approached a group of buying points from east and west Alabama and made it clear that this is something they wanted to pursue. The “why” behind the company was very simple, growers want to maximize farm profits.

 

“With commodity prices at such depressing levels, we as growers have been open to consider anything that might give us a better opportunity to financially survive,” says Joe Parker, owner and general manager of Summerdale Peanut in Baldwin County and a member of Coastal Growers.

 

The cooperative shelling plant model gives growers the opportunity to collectively sell on the shelled goods market rather than the traditional farmers stock market.

 

“This, our investors believe, will give them the best chance to enhance earnings and have a sustainable family farm,” Parker says. “Independent buying points go where their customers want to go in order to not lose tonnage. Therefore, this is a win-win for the growers and the buying points.”

 

The company was able to receive over $20 million in grants and incentives through Federal, State and local governments.  In addition, the US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, recently approved a USDA loan guarantee for a substantial part of the project funding. Economic Development agencies from the State of Alabama and Escambia County, Alabama, also provided support.

 

Parker commented that the support from Governor Kay Ivey, Senator Richard Shelby, Senator- Elect Tommy Tuberville, Atmore Mayor Jim Staff, as well as the Alabama Farmers Federation have all been incredibly helpful.

 

Baldwin County farmer Mark Kaiser said the new plant will allow local farmers to capture more of the profit off of their crops by becoming vertically integrated.

 

“This facility will be owned by the farmers who use it, and they’ll keep those profits themselves,” says Kaiser who serves as the Alabama Peanut Producers Association vice president. “That’s good for both the farmers and for the immediate area, because the money will just keep turning over locally.”

 

 

Directed by a board, Coastal Growers is owned by a cooperative of 90 farm families and will work with 6 buying points. Most of the farmers reside in Alabama but there are members from the Mississippi River to the Chattahoochee River. The company is still accepting new members, however will be limiting it soon due to capacity constraints.

 

How Peanuts Power Heart Health

How Peanuts Power Heart Health

WHAT WE EAT HAS A DIRECT CONNECTION WITH HOW WE FEEL

Our food can help protect our bodies against certain diseases and health conditions. When it comes to our hearts, peanuts in particular can provide some big-time benefits – which is why they are certified as part of the American Heart Association’s ‘Heart Check’ program.

 

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, but many of the essential nutrients in peanuts – including manganese, niacin, copper, magnesium and potassium- can help lower that risk.

 

HEALTHY FATS THAT HELP MANAGE CHOLESTEROL
High levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol in your blood can lead to atherosclerosis- a condition where fatty deposits have built up inside your arteries, preventing blood flow. If the arteries around your heart become clogged by these deposits, it can result in heart disease.

 

Peanuts are a rich source of a heart-healthy type of fat that lowers LDL levels, and have shown to reduce heart disease risk by 15%. They also contain healthy oils, plant-based protein and fiber that can help further reduce unhealthy cholesterol.

 

PEANUTS HELP FIGHT INFLAMMATION
Inflammation also plays a big role in developing atherosclerosis, and peanuts are packed with nutrients to help you fight it – including magnesium, vitamin E, arginine, phenolic compounds and fiber.

 

How Peanuts Power Heart Health Infographic

 

This information is provided by The Peanut Institute – www.peanut-institute.com.

March is National Peanut Month

March is National Peanut Month

March is National Peanut Month. It’s a time to celebrate the little legume with big impact on our health and our economy. Alabama peanut growers are proud of the peanuts they grow, and they take pride in growing a nutritious and sustainable food source for our state, nation and the world.

 

The Alabama peanut industry contributes approximately $211.4 million annually to the state’s economy. More than 1,000 peanut growers farm around 180,000 acres of this protein-packed food to make Alabama one of the top peanut producing states in U.S. That’s definitely something to be proud of!

 

Peanut production was once limited to the extreme Southern counties of the state. In 2020, peanuts were grown in 33 of our 67 counties. Peanuts can be found growing throughout the state from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Alabama mountains.

 

But what makes peanuts so powerfully nutritious? One ounce of peanuts gives you seven grams of protein, 19 vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, fiber and bioactive compounds. One small serving of peanuts helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cancer.

 

Peanuts are also the most sustainable plant – a zero-waste plant. Every part of the plant is used from the roots to the hulls. When it comes to water usage, it only takes 4.7 gallons of water to produce a one-ounce serving of shelled peanuts. Peanuts require the least amount of water and have the smallest carbon footprint of any other nut.

 

What’s the best way to celebrate National Peanut Month? Eating peanuts and peanut butter, of course! Incorporate peanuts into your daily diet to receive all the nutritional benefits that come along with them. Try a recipe from peanutbutterlovers.com, and enjoy the perfectly, powerful peanut!

 

Resources to Learn More About Peanuts

Alabama Peanuts 2020 Fact Sheet
Fun Facts About Peanuts
The Peanut Institute – Nutritional & Health Benefits of Peanuts
Peanut Allergy Information
Video – Growing Peanuts in Alabama

 

Hungry for peanuts now? Visit our online store at alpeanuts.com/shop.

 

The Alabama Peanut Producers Association represents the interests of Alabama peanut growers through education, promotion and research. Visit www.alpeanuts.com for more information about our organization.

USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS’ PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2021

USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS’ PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2021

ATHENS, GA – As the 2021 crop production season begins, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.

 

“Each year, the agriculture industry awaits USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, which
provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” explained NASS Southern Regional Director Anthony Prillaman. “The March Agricultural Survey provides the factual data that underpins these projections, making it one of the most important surveys we conduct each year.”

 

NASS will mail the survey questionnaire in late February, asking producers to provide
information about the crops they intend to plant in 2021, how many acres they intend to plant, and the amounts of grain and oilseed they have stored on their farms. NASS encourages producers to respond online or by mail. Those producers who do not respond by the deadline may be contacted for a telephone interview.

 

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential, as
required by federal law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

 

Survey results will be published in the Prospective Plantings and quarterly Grain Stocks
report to be released on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. These and all NASS reports are
available online at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications. For more information, call the NASS Southern Regional Office at (800) 253-4419.

 

NASS is the federal statistical agency responsible for producing official data about U.S. agriculture and is committed to providing timely, accurate and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

Alabama Peanut Producers Association Holds Annual Meeting

Alabama Peanut Producers Association Holds Annual Meeting

Peanut farmers from across Alabama gathered in Dothan for the 2021 Annual Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) meeting on Thursday, February 4.

 

During the meeting the delegates elected open director positions for the APPA board. Baldwin County had two director seats open. Mark Kaiser and Joel Sirmon were both re-elected to those positions. Carl Sanders was re-elected to hold Coffee County’s one seat. Also re-elected was Ed White and Thomas Adams to hold the two seats for Henry County.

 

Delegates received a Washington Update from Bob Redding, The Redding Firm and a Market Update from Dr. Marshall Lamb, Research Leader at the National Peanut Lab in Dawson, Georgia.

 

In addition, the APPA board members voted to re-elect their current officers. Carl Sanders of Coffee County has been President of the APPA board for 21 years and will continue to serve in his position. Mark Kaiser of Baldwin County will serve his 5th year as Vice President. Treasurer, Jerry Byrd of Dale County, will serve his 21st year.

 

The association is voluntarily funded by peanut growers and its programs are directed by a board of 15 growers. Directors are elected by grower delegates from each of the major peanut producing counties. The number of delegates from each county is determined by the number of planted peanut acres in that particular county. The APPA Annual Meeting was sponsored by the National Peanut Board.