If you’re in the peanut industry, then you’re likely headed to the Georgia Peanut Tour in mid-September.
Peanuts are a rising star in agriculture, and there’s no denying that Georgia is the Peanut Capital of the U.S. Take a look at some Georgia peanut facts we gathered. It’s only fitting that the state hosts the Georgia Peanut Tour, a combination of seminars, meetings, and tours of peanut farms and processing facilities in and around Albany, Georgia. Slated for September 19th to the 21st, it’s the 31st annual Peanut Tour hosted by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, USDA-ARS National Peanut Laboratory, and the Georgia Peanut Commission. AgAmerica Lending’s Correspondent Lender, Ethan Cooper, will be in attendance; get a sneak peek of some of the event’s offerings below.
Meetings and Committees at the Georgia Peanut Tour
The tour is all about peanuts and the peanut industry, so there are an array of meetings and presentations to educate and inform the 200-plus attendees of the yearly get-together. Events such as the Georgia Peanut Tour serve as an opportunity for industry players to come together to learn, legislate, and network. Presentations that are in the must-know category include:
- Update on 2017 Georgia peanut crop, by Dr. Scott Monfort
- Washington and farm bill update, by Dr. Stanley Fletcher
- GA peanut sustainability initiative, by Mr. Donald Chase
- Overview on peanut related food safety issues, by Dr. Francisco Diez
- Aflatoxin: Managing the menace, by Dr. Jack Davis
Tours Around Georgia
In addition to the meetings and presentations at the Georgia Peanut Tour, there are also tours of surrounding peanut farms and peanut industry-related infrastructure, such as processing facilities. This gives all attendees a look at the work done and technology used by Georgia peanut growers, including:
- Peanut field stops
- Tour and lunch at the Southwest Georgia Research & Education Center
- A tour of the Georgia Seed Development Facility
- Exploring the Thronateeska Heritage Center Museum & Planetarium
- A tour of Smithville Peanut Buying Point
There are many different stops—including lunches and receptions—for the attendees of the Georgia Peanut Tour. The full schedule for all three days can be found here.
AgAmerica Lending is ready to help those in the peanut industry—and those looking to get into the peanut industry—to take advantage of this fast-growing commodity with our custom peanut farm loans. Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable team member and find out how our custom loan packages can help you grow your agribusiness.
Ethan O. Cooper was born and raised in Lake City, Florida, with the love of the outdoors in his blood. After graduating high school, Ethan attended Lake City Community College, obtaining a dual degree in Golf Course Operations and Turf Management. Prior to being accepted into the Turf Management program, Ethan completed a year-long internship working at Houston Lake Country Club golf course in Perry, Georgia. Ethan completed two more required internships at The Augusta National Golf Course and Great Waters at Reynolds Plantation. These opportunities led him to his next challenge: being invited to assist Augusta National with The Master’s Tournament over the next seven years.