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Recognizing record-setting peanut season and farmers

With the Peanut Efficiency Award, Farm Press wants to honor the individual and collective achievements of U.S. peanut farmers, especially coming off the year we just had in 2017.

U.S. peanut farmers set records in 2017, and once again showed the world how to make the highest quality peanuts in the most sustainable way by efficiently using the best available products, methods and technologies.

We know U.S. peanut farmers are the finest, and we also know they are not ones to stand up and boast about it in public. Let us do the boasting. With the Peanut Efficiency Award, Farm Press wants to honor the individual and collective achievements of U.S. peanut farmers, especially coming off the year we just had in 2017.

In 2017, peanut farmers harvested 1.829 million acres of peanuts, the highest since 1991, with a national average yield of 4,176 pounds per acre, the second highest on record. Plus, they produced 3.52 million tons of farmer stock peanuts, the highest ever produced in a season based on data going back as far as 1909. And the 2017 crop on average graded excessively well.

We’ve streamlined the nomination form and process for the program, and you can find it at www.southeastfarmpress.com/peanutprofitability or send me an email at [email protected], and we’ll help you through it. Winners in the past have said just going through the process and organizing the information for the program’s nomination form has helped them with their operation and budgets.

Farm Press established the Peanut Efficiency Program to reward producers who use tried-and-true practices along with innovative methods to improve their operations. The awards are presented based on a producer’s entire farm operation and not on individual farms or small plots.

Dr. Marshall Lamb, research director of the USDA National Peanut Research Laboratory, is the lead advisor for the program. One of U.S. peanut’s most-trusted friends (don’t tell him I said that), Lamb is also an economist and handles the numbers and chooses winners based on information submitted. And like I say now, he’d tell you, too — all the individual, farm-specific information is kept confidential and not shared.

But we do want to help educate with the program. Southeast Farm Press, Delta Farm Press and Southwest Farm Press support the education element by publishing articles throughout the year focusing on peanut production efficiency.

Winners from each region of the U.S. Peanut Belt will be chosen, including one from the Upper Southeast, one from the Lower Southeast and one from the Delta/Southwest. Each winner receives an expense-paid vacation to the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation’s annual meeting at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Sandestin, Fla., in July. We are proud to partner with this fine organization and meeting each year, along with all the sponsors who help us with the program. And we’re proud to have peanut farmers’ families, spouses or special friends come along, too.

Good luck. Take care. And thanks for reading.

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