More than 500 attendees were able to fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the 15th annual Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show on Feb. 6, 2020, at the National Peanut Festival fairgrounds, in Dothan, Alabama. The show is sponsored by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association, and the National Peanut Board.
The one-day show offered peanut growers and industry partners a chance to view the products and services of over 60 exhibitors.
A complimentary lunch was provided to trade show attendees. After lunch, Bob Parker, President and CEO of the National Peanut Board (NPB), brough greetings from the NPB and updated growers on how their check-off dollars are being spent on the national level. Marshall Lamb, with the National Peanut Research Lab, provided an update on the 2020 peanut market and crop outlook. Bob Redding, of The Redding Firm, presented a legislative update as well.
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 after lunch.
The presentation of the Grand Door Prize donated by Kelley Manufacturing Co. was presented to Chris Long of Bascom, Florida. Long received one season’s use of a new KMC peanut combine and the option of purchasing the combine from a KMC dealer with $15,000 off the list price at the end of the 2020 season.
Amadas Industries also provided the Grower Door Prize to Joey Koptis of Robertsdale, Alabama. Koptis received a certificate for $10,000 towards the purchase of a new Amadas self-propelled peanut combine or $5,000 towards the purchase of a new Amadas pull-type peanut combine or $2,000 towards the purchase of a new Amadas peanut digger or $1,000 towards the purchase of a new Amadas peanut dump cart.
Colombo North America presented a certificate for $10,000 off the purchase of a Colombo combine to Jace Miniger of Walnut Hill, Florida.
Clay Mixon of Dothan, Alabama, won a free trip to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in July. Sammy Williams of Columbia, Alabama, won a Benelli Nova 12 gauge shotgun.