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Scientists develop a drinkable, peanut-based dietary supplement for older adults (5/23/2016)

To benefit older adults who are at a high risk of protein-energy malnutrition, scientists from the University of Georgia developed a peanut-based beverage supplement and compared its nutritional and microbiological qualities with commercial products. Click here for more details.

New Propiconazole Restrictions for 2016 Peanut Production (5/23/2016)

Peanut growers take note, there are new import restrictions on propiconazole residues in peanuts going to the European Union (EU).  Propiconazole is an active ingredient in the common peanut fungicides Tilt, Tilt/Bravo, Artisan, Stratego, PropiMax, and Bumper. Click here for more details.

Allergy-Free Peanuts? Not So Fast (5/23/2016)

CRISPR technology is being touted as a way to remove this ubiquitous food's deadly potential, but it won't be easy—if it's possible at all. Click here for more details.

Here are BMPs for efficient peanut production (5/23/2016)

Moisture, as always, remains the most limiting factor for peanut yield and quality for Southwest producers. But growers should not ignore other best management practices that allow them to take advantage of in-season irrigation and rainfall. Click here for more details.

Georgia Peanut Commission ups funding for research projects in 2016 (4/15/2016)

The Georgia Peanut Commission board of directors has approved $423,036 in research project funding for the 2016-17 research budget year. This action was taken during the commission’s March board meeting. Click here for more details.

Fallout from cost cutting will change the industry landscape (4/15/2016)

Unless the Southeast region of the peanut belt experiences a weather disaster, such as a drought or a major flood, peanut prices will likely stay flat during the 2016 growing season and beyond. Shellers are using every way possible to discourage wall-to-wall peanut acreage because they know that another bumper crop is likely to keep shelled peanut prices too low to survive. Click here for more details.

Mixed bag of nuts: good and bad news on peanut exports (4/15/2016)

As south Georgia peanut farmers prepare to plant this year's crop, news about current peanut exports isn't great. Click here for more details.

How the U.S.’s peanut glut could undermine the work of the Clintons (4/15/2016)

This is a story about peanuts. When Congress passed an updated Farm Bill in 2014, the legislation included a program focused on the legume. The economics of agricultural subsidies are notoriously complex, but the important part here is that the price point established by the government tacitly encouraged more peanut production, as a Congressional Research Service report from last year noted. So farmers planted more peanuts -- so many that there may not be enough warehouse space this year to contain them all. Click here for more details.

Early peanut exposure lowers allergy chance later in life, study finds (3/24/2016)

Peanut allergies are a tough nut to crack, but a new study out of the New England Journal of Medicine offers fresh hope for prevention by demonstrating that exposing infants to peanuts may actually protect against later allergies. Click here for more details.

2016 peanut crop could overwhelm warehouse space (3/24/2016)

If peanut farmers produce as many peanuts in 2016 as they did in 2015, there will not be enough room in federally licensed warehouses to store the crop, according to a white paper released Feb. 23 by the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness. Click here for more details.

USDA Seeks Nominees for Peanut Standards Board (3/24/2016)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for peanut producers and industry representatives to serve on the Peanut Standards Board. Click here for more details.

Georgia Celebrating National Peanut Month (3/24/2016)

March is National Peanut Month, a time to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods! The Georgia peanut industry plans to celebrate by hosting the 2016 Georgia PB&J Day at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia. Click here for more details.

Peanuts 2016: Payment Limit vs Acreage Planted (2/29/2016)

During this time of year, peanut farmers are deciding their crop mix and acreage level for each crop. As in 2015, commodity prices are at all-time lows which make it extremely difficult for farmers to cash flow any crop and obtain loans from banks. Farmers have been attending county extension production meetings to gain insight.  Click here for more details.

Peanut Growers Association meeting set (2/29/2016)

It’s that time of year again for area agriculturists to get together for some nutty conversation. Click here for more details.

National Peanut Board approves research projects (2/29/2016)

Almost $2 million in research funding has been recommended by the National Peanut Board for fiscal year 2016.  Click here for more details.

Peanut Industry in Favor of New USDA Peanut Rules

On Jan. 19, 2016, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a new proposed rule in the Federal Register to revise the minimum quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the U.S.  Click here for more details.

South Carolina growers learn successful peanut production tips

Peanuts are growing in popularity and Clemson University has several tools that can help South Carolina peanut producers grow a profitable 2016 crop. Click here for more details.

The complicated perfect peanut. Good luck, peanut genome

The peanut genome is sequenced, which is a good thing, but that doesn’t mean the industry is looking to develop a GMO peanut. Click here for more details.

A controversial treatment for peanut allergies

Peanut M&M dispensers stand in the waiting room of the New England Food Allergy Treatment Center. Hundreds of drawings plaster the walls, almost all done by children with peanut allergies. One shows a picture of a boy holding hands with Mr. Peanut. “Now we’re friends!” reads the caption. Click here for more details.

Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference provides a day of education for peanut farmers

More than 1,400 attendees were able to fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the 40th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Jan. 21, 2016, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The show is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission in cooperation with the University of Georgia Tifton Campus and the Southeastern Peanut Farmer. Click here for more details.

Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show 2016

The annual Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show is fast approaching. This year’s show will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds, located on Hwy. 231 South in Dothan, Alabama. Click here for more details.

Make sure 2016 peanut crop has space in approved warehouse

Peanut warehouse capacity, particularly in the Southeast, could reach its limit as the 2016 crop comes in, and farmers need to make sure that their peanuts will have room in a Commodity Credit Corporation-approved warehouse. Click here for more details.

Study suggests potential to predict peanut allergy immunotherapy outcomes

Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy induces early, distinct changes in immune T-cell populations that potentially may help researchers determine which people will respond well to the therapy and which immune mechanisms are involved in the response, a new study suggests. Click here for more details.

Study shows peanut allergy is not caused by moms’ diet during pregnancy

Moms: if you are feeling guilty because you ate (or didn’t eat) peanuts while pregnant, rest easy. A study by US researchers showed that a child’s development of peanut allergy was not affected by whether or not their moms ate peanuts while pregnant or nursing (breastfeeding). Click here for more details.

DBV Technologies Announces Initiation of Phase III Study of Viaskin(r) Peanut for the Treatment of Peanut Allergic Children

DBV Technologies, a clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced the initiation of a pivotal Phase III study designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Viaskin® Peanut 250 micrograms in children ages 4 to 11 with peanut allergy. Click here for more details.

Peanuts: The Nuts That Aren't Really Nuts

Though one of the most popular and recognizable “nuts” in the United States, peanuts are actually not true nuts. Rather, they are the shell-enclosed seeds of a plant that’s related to peas and beans. Click here for more details.

Secretary Appoints Peanuts Standards Board Members

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed three producers and three industry representatives to serve on the Peanut Standards Board. All six members will serve on the board through June 30, 2018. Their appointments are effective immediately. Click here for more details.

Million Dollar Grant Funds Research into Peanut Allergy Cure

On 9 November, the latest round of funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) announced a $1.13 million grant towards potentially life-saving research into a treatment for peanut allergies involving researchers at Nepean Hospital and the Sydney Medical School Nepean. Click here for more details.

Working locally, thinking globally for quality peanut butter

Thinking globally, Tchiyiwe Moyo-Chunda would like to see a day when European shoppers again trust Malawi-grown groundnuts, opening up a huge market for the farmers and processors of her home country in southern Africa. Click here for more details.

Nut allergies: How effective is banning the peanut?

Peanut lovers might call it a war on peanuts. The board of health in Hamilton, Ont., has voted to study the possibility of banning peanuts from all city buildings, including football and hockey stadiums and recreation centres. The legumes are already banned from public schools. Click here for more details.

U.S. taxpayers set to shell out for growing peanut pile

A mountain of peanuts is piling up in the U.S. south, threatening to hand American taxpayers a near $2-billion bailout bill over the next three years, and leaving the government with a big chunk of the crop on its books. Click here for more details.

USA Peanut Export Statistics

World peanut production totals approximately 29 million metric tons per year, with the U.S. being the world’s third largest producer, after China and India. Worldwide peanut exports are approximately 1.25 million metric tons. The U.S. is one of the world’s leading peanut exporters, with average annual exports of between 200,000 and 250,000 metric tons. Click here for more details.

A Time To Reflect On 2015

With few exceptions, I have been on the Georgia Peanut Tour every year since the early 90s. is year stood out as particularly good for the opportunities to gather new information and be reminded of information known, but perhaps forgotten. Click here for more details.

Don’t be fooled: How farm research results can be misleading

As young children, we were taught in school that 1 + 1 = 2.  In the world of interpreting agricultural research that equation might not always be true. Click here for more details.

What the Peanut Poisoning Case Means for the Food Industry

On Monday, former food industry CEO Stewart Parnell, 61, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in a massive 2008-2009 salmonella outbreak that caused sickness in more than 700 Americans and nine deaths. Click here for more details.

Peanut tour showcases Georgia's high-value crop

The top peanut-producing state in the country showcased its 2015 crop during the annual Georgia Peanut Tour, which was held this past week. Click here for more details.

US peanut industry targets Chinese market

U.S. peanut industry leaders view China as a huge potential market for U.S. peanuts and see real opportunity to sell U.S. branded products directly to Chinese consumers. Click here for more details.

Georgia’s peanut farmers challenged by white mold

White mold disease has always been a problem for Georgia peanut farmers, according to University of Georgia plant pathologist Tim Brenneman. The disease has been even more of a nuisance due to the hot and humid weather conditions this growing season. Click here for more details.

Scientists Create a Healthier Peanut

If you’ve been puzzling over ways to get more oleic acid into your body, the USDA has just come through. In a joint venture with Oklahoma State University, the agency has released a brand-new peanut that’s said to boast a richer flavor, health benefits, and resistance to crop disease,Modern Farmer reports. Click here for more details.

Don’t we want to grow more peanuts?

Peanut farmers and those who follow the peanut industry know the U.S. has produced a lot of peanuts in recent years. Peanut stocks remain high in the supply pipeline, surpassing demand, and, for now, suppressing farmer prices. But don’t we want to produce a lot of peanuts? Click here for more details.

Critically import now to scout peanuts for insects

University of Georgia Extension Entomologist Mark Abney characterizes 2014 as a “very buggy year” in Georgia with a great deal of insect pressure and he says last year can provide a number of lessons on peanut insect management this year. Click here for more details.

UF/IFAS researcher growing 1,500 types of peanuts as part of the USDA’s Genetic Resources Unit

Stretching out in a North Central Florida field, under the scorching summer sun, lies row upon row of lush, green peanut plants – with more than 1,500 kinds growing at the University of Florida’s Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra. The crop is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s germplasm network to maintain and research different types of one of the world’s most popular and nutritional legumes. Click here for more details.

Peanut allergy drug slated for 2018

A small French biopharmaceutical company has developed a new product -- similar to a nicotine patch -- to help allergy sufferers significantly increase their peanut tolerance. Click here for more details.

Eating nuts, peanuts daily could lower death risk from cancer, other diseases

Previous research has hailed peanuts and nuts for their health benefits. Now, a new study supports such research, finding that consuming these foods may protect against death from numerous diseases, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Click here for more details.

Aimmune’s Peanut Allergy Drug Desensitizes Patients in Trial

Aimmune Therapeutics Inc.’s treatment for peanut allergy successfully desensitized patients in a midstage trial. If eventually approved, it would be the first oral drug for the condition. Click here for more details.

Peanut Allergy Exposure Occurs Most Often at Home, Study Says

For children with peanut allergies, home is more dangerous than school, researchers say. The Canadian study also found schools that ban peanut products are not less likely to have an accidental exposure occur than schools that don't have these policies in place. Click here for more details.

The Peanut's Journey to Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina

Peanuts were known as early as 950 B.C. It is believed that they originated in Brazil or Peru and were carried to Africa by early explorers and missionaries. From there traders took them to Spain and "The New World." Colonial traders used the peanuts as food aboard ship as they were cheap and of high food value. The first commercial peanut crop in Virginia was grown in Sussex County (near what is now Waverly) in the early to mid 1840's and the first ones in North Carolina were grown in the Wilmington area beginning around 1818. Click here for more details.

New Spanish peanut variety for consumers, growers

A new Spanish peanut variety that packs high levels of healthful oleic acid has been released by USDA-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) scientists and university cooperators. Called OLé, the new variety promises to provide producers and consumers with a peanut that has disease resistance, longer shelf life, and heart-healthy qualities. Click here for more details.

Georgia Peanut Commission increases funding for research projects in 2015

The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) board of directors has approved $357,570 in research project funding for the 2015-16 research budget year. This action was taken during the commission’s March and April board meetings. The research projects approved include 29 project proposals submitted from the University of Georgia and USDA Agricultural Research Service.  Click here for more details.

Profiles in Peanut Profitability: Singular pursuit of excellence built today’s U.S. peanut industry

The history of the U.S. peanut industry makes for a great story, especially considering the extraordinary advances made in recent years. Click here for more details.

U.S. peanut industry vies for Chinese market — Taylor: GRAS needs rethinking — Wine, organic industries head to Capitol Hill

“American peanut farmers got a taste of what it’s like to make big sales to China in 2013, and now they’re hoping to crack open the Chinese market on a permanent basis,” reports Pro Agriculture’s Bill Tomson. Click here for more details.

Spectral Analysis of Peanut Butter: The Multiple Uses of Color Measurement in Nut Products

Peanuts are a major agricultural crop all around the world. Nearly 50% of all shelled peanut products in the United States are processed into peanut butter, and development of this popular commodity depends on spectral analysis for the best visual quality and taste. Perhaps it is already apparent how color measurement would affect the appearance of peanut butter products, but maybe even more important is how the color of roasted peanuts correlates with flavor. Click here for more details.

Peanut entomologist solicits help via survey

To better sustain Georgia’s future peanut production, a University of Georgia peanut entomologist is surveying Georgia farmers. Click here for more details.

Peanuts nutrition facts

Delicious, crunchy, and nutty peanuts are one of the popular oil seeds known to humankind since centuries. The kernels are enriched with many noteworthy health-benefiting nutrients essential for optimum health and wellness. They are actually legumes but carry almost all the qualities of other popular edible kernels such as pistachio, almonds, etc. Click here for more details.

Think about it before you shorten peanut rotations

It’s time to call it like it is when it comes to expanding peanut acreage this year, says Marshall Lamb, research director for the National Peanut Research Laboratory in Dawson, Ga. Click here for more details.

How science is changing our relationship with peanuts

Peanuts: love them or hate them, they have a big impact on the world. March is National Peanut Month in the United States, so we’re taking a look at what’s new in peanut allergy research – and what else peanuts are useful for in 2015. Click here for more details.

Falling cotton prices make peanuts a tempting alternative for northeast Arkansas growers

The falling market price for cotton is compelling dozens of long-time cotton farmers in the northeastern area of the state to consider growing peanuts in their stead, several agricultural experts said this week. Click here for more details.

Eating Peanuts and Peanut Butter Could Be a Cheap Way to Boost Heart Health

Researchers looked at the diets of more than 200,000 people in both the United States and China, and found nut consumption was linked with a lower risk of premature death from heart disease and other causes. Click here for more details.

Peanut industry becomes victim of its own success

In three short years, the United States has become the world’s foremost low-cost producer of peanuts, a result of vastly improved varieties and refined production techniques. Demand also has surged, thanks largely to a superior product and vigorous marketing and promotion campaigns. It’s a classic case of becoming a victim’s of one’s own success. Click here for more details.

Georgia peanut farmers to vote on their commission

The Georgia Peanut Commission will hold a referendum March 16 through April 15 giving peanut producers an opportunity to vote on reaffirming the commission. State law mandates that a referendum be held every three years. Click here for more details.

Early consumption may prevent peanut allergy, new study suggests

Parents who have children with food allergies know all too well about the headaches in keeping their lives "nut-free." But a new study suggests that peanut allergy can be prevented at a young age by embracing peanuts, not avoiding them. Click here for more details.

A look at 13 improved peanut varieties available now or coming soon

State, federal and private peanut breeding programs are actively involved in the development of improved varieties with desirable traits for increasing dollar value, yield, grade, disease resistance, insect resistance, virus resistance, nematode resistance, aflatoxin resistance, drought tolerance, better shelling characteristics, longer shelf life, and enhanced flavor and nutrition, says Bill Branch, University of Georgia peanut breeder. Click here for more details.

National Peanut Board delays vote on sharing technology overseas

The National Peanut Board has delayed for one year approving an agreement with research institutions that would restrict the sharing of commercial products – such as seed varieties developed with grower-funded research funds – with international competitors. Click here for more details.

New Study: Combining Probiotics with Oral Immunotherapy for Peanut Allergy

The results of a new study on probiotics and oral immunotherapy (OIT) for peanut allergy from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia recently generated international headlines after 80 percent of children enrolled in the study were able to tolerate peanut at the end of the trial. Click here for more details.

Premium Peanut makes $50 Million Investment in Coffee Co.

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - Premium Peanut, LLC announced its intentions to build a peanut shelling facility in Coffee County. The facility will be located just west of the city of Douglas on a 42 acre tract on Barrington Road, between Sinkhole Road and Highway 32. Click here for more details.

Peanut Association: 2015 the year for peanuts

According to the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, this is the year for peanuts. Click here for more details.

Researchers Claim Breakthrough in Treating Peanut Allergies

Researchers say they are one step closer to finding a cure for people with severe peanut allergies. Click here for more details.

Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference Provides a Day of Education for Peanut Farmers

More than 2,100 attendees were able to fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the 39th Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Jan. 15, 2015, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga. Cliche here for more details.

Bottom line trumps caution flags as peanuts appear poised for increase

And while Extension specialists who spoke at the University of Georgia Production were throwing caution flags left and right – urging proper restraint when making planting decisions this year – it was clear the expectation is that peanut acres will increase in most states, possibly significantly. Click here for more details.

Annual Meeting and Trade Show, Mississippi Peanut Growers Association, January 28-29. Hattiesburg

The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association announces their annual meeting and trade show. It will be held January 28-29 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. Click here for more details.

Peanut farm show: Helping farmers maximize crop

Peanut farmers shared concerns about acreage planted, industry impact of the expected increased acreage and the effect on crop rotation during the Georgia Peanut Farm Show, held Jan. 15 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. Click here for more details.

Class of 2015 sought for Peanut Profitability Awards

From a year of extremes in the lower Southeast to ideal conditions throughout the Virginia-Carolina and Southwest regions, the 2014 peanut crop saw a little bit of everything, says Marshall Lamb, research director for the National Peanut Research Laboratory and advisor for the Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards. Click here for more details.

Peanut allergies could be history by 2020

DBV recently completed the largest peanut allergy test in history throughout North America and Europe. The company says Viaskin Peanut “was shown to be effective at reducing the effect of peanut allergies and allows participants to significantly increase the quantity of peanut protein they can consume.” Click here for more details.

8 Health Benefits of Peanut Butter

Peanut butter isn’t just for school lunches. This versatile spread is surprisingly good for your health. The high protein and healthy oils help with weight loss, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease. Click here for more details.

National Peanut Board president talks growing value of peanuts

Peanuts were the focal point Friday at the 2014 Ag Appreciation Event, and keynote speaker Bob Parker, president and CEO of the National Peanut Board, was proud to explain how much the peanut industry has soared in the past decade. Click here for more details.

Siblings of kids with peanut allergy may be overprotected from nuts

Parents who have one child with peanut allergy may be shielding their other kids from peanuts when it’s not necessary, and might actually increase the child's allergy risk, according to a new study. Click here for more details.

Why are peanut allergies on the rise?

A generation ago, peanut allergies seemed to be a rare occurrence. Today, they're getting much more attention in the news — with stories popping up all the time of children with severe and life-threatening reactions to peanuts. So what's going on here? Click here for more details.

New allergy research isn’t peanuts

New research conducted by the University of Chicago pathology department on peanut allergies may be closing in on an answer to what causes human allergies to the burrowing legume. Click here for more details.

Georgia Peanut Commission Promoting the Power of Peanuts During Annual Bank Week

The Georgia Peanut Commission and the Georgia Bankers Association join forces Oct. 18-25, 2014, in an effort to promote Georgia's peanut industry during its 38th annual Georgia Peanut Bank Week.  Click here for more details.

Peanut in house dust linked to peanut allergy in children with skin gene mutation

A new study led by researchers at King's College London in collaboration with the University of Manchester and the University of Dundee has found a strong link between exposure to peanut protein in household dust during infancy and the development of peanut allergy in children genetically predisposed to a skin barrier defect. Click here for more details.

Where Did Peanuts Come From?

Although today ubiquitous across the globe, the peanut (Arachis hypogaea) was native only to South America, and it is believed to come from the foothills of the Andes in Bolivia and Peru. Click here for more details.

Peanut allergies: 'Roasted worse than raw nuts' (Posted on 10/3/2014)

Roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger an allergic reaction than raw peanuts, according to an Oxford University study, involving mice. Click here for more details.

Peanut allergy: could pulsed light remove allergens from whole peanuts? (Posted on 10/3/2014)

Around 1.9 million people in the US are allergic to peanuts, exposing them to dangerous reactions such as anaphylaxis. But a scientist from the University of Florida has been experimenting with pulsed light to inactivate allergenic proteins in peanuts, potentially protecting individuals with peanut allergies. Click here for more details.

Georgia Peanut Tour a Major Attraction for International Farmers (Posted on 10/3/2014)

The annual Georgia Peanut Tour, held Sept. 16 to Sept. 18 in southeast Georgia, is a major attraction for the nation’s peanut industry, and attracts a number of international visitors. Click here for more details.

FACS researchers find new use for peanut skins (Posted on 9/19/2014)

The United States produces about 3 million metric tons of peanuts per year. Nearly 60 percent of that production, according to FDN associate professor Ruthann Swanson, goes into peanut butter, which means there’s about 1.2 billion pounds of peanut butter available for consumption per year. But what happens to all the peanut skins? Click here for more details.

Jury: Parnell guilty of conspiracy in peanut salmonella trial (Posted on 9/19/2014)

A federal jury has convicted three people in connection with an outbreak of salmonella poisoning five years ago that sickened hundreds of people and was linked to a number of deaths. Click here for more details.

Georgia Peanut Tour set for this week (Posted on 9/19/2014)

The 28th annual Georgia Peanut Tour was held Tuesday through Thursday, centrally located out of the Savannah area. Click here for more details.

Peanut growers get advice on difficult dryland decisions (Posted on 9/19/2014)

Georgia’s irrigated peanut crop looks good as harvest gears up, but the dryland crop poses some challenges with maturity dates and quality. Drought and heat hit fields hard this summer at crucial growing times. Peanut farmers need to harvest and handle the dryland crop carefully. Click here for more details.

Common gut bacteria prevent sensitization to allergens in mouse model for peanut allergy (Posted on 9/5/2014)

The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. By inducing immune responses that prevent food allergens from entering the bloodstream, Clostridia minimize allergen exposure and prevent sensitization – a key step in the development of food allergies. The discovery points toward probiotic therapies for this so-far untreatable condition, report scientists from the University of Chicago, Aug 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Click here for more details.

Peanut Growers Get Calculator for Base Acres, Payment Yields (Posted on 9/5/2014)

Peanut growers have a new tool to help them figure out their base acreage and payment yields under the 2014 Farm Bill. Click here for more details

Rain, heat having impact on cotton, peanuts (Posted on 9/5/2014)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting increased yields for cotton, peanuts, corn and soybeans in Alabama, but one Henry County farmer isn’t so optimistic. Click here for more details.

Cotton, peanuts focus of research at Sunbelt Ag Expo (Posted on 8/22/2014)

The Darrell Williams Research Farm at the Sunbelt Ag Expo continues to be a major base of on-site research for University of Georgia Extension specialists. During the recent field day, fertility, variety trials and disease and pest management for all major Southern agronomic crops were just a few of the areas covered. Click here for more details.

Americans mostly alone in favoring peanut butter (Posted on 8/11/2014)

"Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” Former President James A. Garfield is credited with those words of wisdom, and the American public seems to agree. An estimated 90 percent of American households consume it, and since the price of peanuts is expected to drop, based on a recent report by the Georgia Peanut Commission, shoppers may save a little money next time they buy a jar. Click here for more details.

New Study Planned for Improved Peanut Allergy Treatment (Posted on 8/11/2014)

A new clinical study is planned for improving methods of oral immunotherapy treatments which, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI), have not been ready for use in private practice yet, due to a variety of adverse events. Click here for more details.

Peanut salmonella trial shows food safety relies on honor system (Posted on 8/11/2014)

Jurors at the nation's first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America's food safety largely depends on the honor system. Click here for more details.

Maker-assisted breeding will improve peanut varieties (Posted on 7/31/2014)

U.S. peanuts farmers can expect a “paradigm shift” in peanut production within a few years when breeders begin taking advantage of a new tool to select for improved traits in new varieties. Click here for more details.

Georgia Peanut Commission: Don’t share grower-funded technology with foreign competition (Posted on 7/31/2014)

The Georgia Peanut Commission board of directors unanimously approved a motion opposing the sharing of grower-funded technology with other countries in direct competition with domestically produced peanuts. Click here for more details.

US: More peanuts may mean lower prices (Posted on 7/31/2014)

According to the Georgia Peanut Commission, the state average last year was about 4,500 pounds. That's a thousand pounds more than the average 3,500 put out yearly in each of the past ten years. Click here for more details.

Peanut butter that saves lives (Posted on 7/18/2014)

Some moms joke that their toddlers live on peanut butter. But for thousands of malnourished children in sub-Saharan Africa, the traditional sandwich spread has literally been a lifesaver—thanks in part to Dr. Mark Manary, a professor of pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis and founder of Project Peanut Butter (PPB). Click here for more details.

Yoder receives award for peanut profitability (Posted on 7/18/2014)

Owen Yoder, an Orrville native, was named the winner of the Southeast Peanut Profitability Award for 2014. Click here for more details.

Consortium of Food Allergy Research Completes Recruitment of NIH-sponsored CoFar6 Phase II Trial with DBV's Viaskin(r) Peanut in Treatment of Peanut Allergy (Posted on 7/18/2014)

DBV Technologies , creator of Viaskin®, a new paradigm for the treatment of food allergies, and the Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR) announced today that enrollment into the CoFAR6 study, a multi-center, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled phase II clinical trial of Viaskin® Peanut for the treatment of peanut allergic children and adults (4 to 25 years of age), has been completed. Click here for more details.

Fungicides, rotation and diversity keep peanut disease in check (Posted on 7/9/2014)

Rainfall is a blessing most of the time for dryland peanut farmers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but it can also be a curse for fighting peanut diseases. For peanut producer Steve Seward, crop rotation, diversity and a strong fungicide program help keep disease in check and yields consistently high. Click here for more details.

Combating peanut allergies with peanuts (Posted on 6/30/2014)

Food allergies can be dangerous, even deadly for some people. But what if you were able to combat your allergy by eating the very thing that could kill you? One new treatment is having patients do just that. Click here for more details.

Mississippi Peanuts: Researchers to Update Insecticide Recommendations (Posted on 6/30/2014)

Researchers at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center believe a new research project can help farmers reduce their number of pesticide applications without reducing peanut yield. Click here for more details.

Peanut Futures: Industry leader discusses concerns of customers (Posted on 6/30/2014)

Today’s major peanut customers are increasingly interested in food safety, including issues relating to herbicide residuals and microbiology, says Kris Lutt, president of Golden Peanut Company. Click here for more details.

N.C. A&T signs deal to commercialize reduced-allergy peanut (Posted on 6/13/2014)

A peanut that might not trigger allergic reactions is one step closer to store shelves. N.C. A&T announced Tuesday that it has signed a licensing deal with a Canadian firm. Click here for more details.

Peanut butter innovation propels Smucker (Posted on 6/13/2014)

J.M. Smucker Co. believes it has put its higher peanut costs behind, putting the maker of Jif on a path to grow its peanut butter business. Click here for more details.

Researchers combat peanut allergies (Posted on 6/6/2014)

Researchers at N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute have recently developed an ingredient that could potentially help to lessen allergic reactions for people with peanuts allergies. Click here for more details.

Peanut grower tapping into a premium market (Posted on 6/6/2014)

"The need for peanuts is great. I mean, we're still a growing country and world, so we've got more people to feed," Jeff Roper said. "But the limitation here in West Texas is the amount of available water that we have." Click here for more details.

Mixing Peanuts With Cranberry Juice Could Block Peanut Allergies(Posted on 5/30/2014)

Peanut allergies strike fear in parents, leading airlines to stop handing out peanut snacks and principals to institute school-wide bans on the legumes. But some researchers hope the war on peanuts can end in a truce. Click here for more details.

N.C. State scientists create food ingredient to combat peanut allergies (Posted on 5/30/2014)

Peanuts are the leading cause of severe food allergic reactions in the U.S., with many restaurants, school systems and airlines completely removing the legume from their menus. Click here for more details.

Peanut Corporation of America Defendant Changing Plea on Criminal Charges (Posted on 5/30/2014)

A change-of-plea hearing will be held today at 4 p.m. EDT for Samuel Lightsey, the former Peanut Corporation of America plant manager in Blakely, GA. Notice of the hearing, being held at the C.B. King U.S. Courthouse in Albany, GA, was filed Tuesday by the court. Click here for more details.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Now Available in Brazil (Posted on 5/30/2014)

The Hershey Company(NYSE: HSY) today announced that its best-selling chocolate brand in the United States will be launching in Brazil.  Click here for more details.

N.C. company hopes to buy peanut plant (Posted on 4/18/2014)

A North Carolina company is hoping to buy an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant that went bankrupt after a salmonella outbreak shuttered its operations and prompted a nationwide recall. Click here for more details.

That's Nuts: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Trashed (Posted on 4/18/2014)

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. Click here for more details.

First peanut genome sequenced (Posted on 4/18/2014)

The International Peanut Genome Initiative—a group of multinational crop geneticists who have been working in tandem for the last several years—has successfully sequenced the peanut's genome. Click here for more details.

FDA recalls some Lily's Peanut Butter products (Posted on 4/18/2014)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday recalled some variants of Lily's Peanut Butter found to be containing excessive amounts of aflatoxin, a species of fungi. Click here for more details.

Peanut processor announces new Darlington plant, 55 jobs (Posted on 4/18/2014)

 Birdsong Corporation, a Virginia-based company that processes peanuts for marketing and distribution worldwide, will locate a $47.3 million facility in Darlington County that is expected to create 55 new jobs over a five-year period. Click here for more details.

Study points to health benefits of peanuts (Posted on 3/25/2014)

A new study just released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that different flavors of peanuts – salted, spicy, honey-roasted, or unsalted – result in positive health benefits. The study, "A Randomized Trial on the Effects of Flavorings on the Health Benefits of Daily Peanut Consumption," was conducted at Purdue University and included over 150 men and women who incorporated peanuts into their daily diet for 12 weeks. Click here for the details.

Ark. recognized as peanut-producing state (Posted on 3/25/2014)

The Natural State has produced an average of at least 10,000 pounds of peanuts within the past three years, and it's now getting some recognition for it. Click here for more details.

Sunland Organic Peanut Butter Plant to be Auctioned on Thursday (Posted on 3/25/2014)

What began 18 months ago with the recall of organic peanut butter involved in a Salmonella outbreak will end later this week when the shuttered Sunland Inc. processing plant goes on the auction block. Click here for more details.

N.C. company hopes to buy peanut plant (Posted on 3/25/2014)

A North Carolina company is hoping to buy an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant that went bankrupt after a salmonella outbreak shuttered its operations and prompted a nationwide recall. Click here for more details.

Autoclaving May Reduce Peanut Allergic Reactions(Posted on 2/18/2014)

Treating peanuts with heat and pressure might help reduce allergic reactions to proteins in this popular legume, recent research suggests. Click here for more information.

Exposure to peanuts builds immunity in allergic children (Posted on 2/18/2014)

With the caveat that this should not be tried at home, researchers conducting a study in children with peanut allergies found that the participants could build up a tolerance by consuming increasingly larger amounts of peanut protein on a regular basis. Click here for more information.

Scientists create peanut butter and jellyfish -- because they can (Posted on 2/18/2014)

Jellyfish are popular attractions at aquariums, with their see-through bodies and floating lifestyle. Keeping hungry jellyfish fed, however, can be a challenge. Fish and shrimp-based protein sources can be expensive, inconvenient, and may ultimately be unsustainable. Click here for more information.

Can Eating Peanut Butter Cut Breast Cancer Risk in Later Life? (Posted on 10/3/2013)

Eating peanut butter regularly as a preteen and teen girl appears to decrease the risk of developing benign breast disease as an adult, new research has found. Click here for more information.

A patch to treat peanut allergies in works (Posted on 10/3/2013)

Chloe Menderson's purse is always stocked with two items: Benadryl and an EpiPen. For the Washington, D.C., native, those products are her only defense against a peanut allergy that poses a constant risk to her health. Click here for more information.

Princeton researcher digs into the contested peanut-allergy epidemic (Posted on 10/3/2013)

The path of the peanut from a snack staple to the object of bans at schools, day care centers and beyond offers important insights into how and why a rare, life-threatening food allergy can prompt far-reaching societal change, according to a Princeton University researcher. Click here for more information.

What's Peanut Tour without a Low-Country Boil? (Posted on 10/3/2013)

After two full days of peanut education , peanut tour attendees were treated to a tasteful low- country boil and friendly fellowship at Quail Branch Lodge  in Lake Park , Ga. sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, Marvin Stewart, regional sales rep. with Dow AgroSciences, has attended all 27 peanut tours and has cooked for every year. Click here for more information.

Princeton researcher digs into the contested peanut-allergy epidemic (Posted on 7/31/2013)

The path of the peanut from a snack staple to the object of bans at schools, day care centers and beyond offers important insights into how and why a rare, life-threatening food allergy can prompt far-reaching societal change, according to a Princeton University researcher. Click here for more information.

Peanut Allergies Not the Epidemic Americans Might Think (Posted on 7/31/2013)

The shift from the customary airplane packets of peanuts to off-brand Chex mix was made in part to protect those with peanut allergies. Click here for more information.

Adult Peanut Allergies Present Workplace Challenges(Posted on 5/3/2013)

Schools across the country enforce strict nut-free policies to protect kids who suffer from peanut allergies, the third most common food allergy among American children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Click here for more information.

Three peanuts a day keep the doctor away (Posted on 5/3/2013)

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Dairy Queen Delivers Choco Peanut Butter Brownie (Posted on 5/3/2013)

The Dairy Queen system is serving up a new, decadent Choco Peanut Butter Brownie as the featured Blizzard of the Month for May. Click here for more details.

American Peanut Shellers Association discusses crop yields (Posted on 3/14/2013)

South Georgia farmers are expected to plant more corn and cotton in the coming weeks while planting fewer peanuts. Click here for more information.

Oklahoma Peanut Expo Set for Friday(Posted on 3/14/2013)

Peanut producers from across the state will gather Friday, March 15 for the 2013 Oklahoma Peanut Expo at Quartz Mountain Resort near Lone Wolf.  Click here for more information.

China to Buy 80 Thousand Tons of Peanuts From Georgia (Posted on 3/14/2013)

Georgia's peanut farmers say they're going to sell at least eighty thousand tons of product to China in the next few weeks. With a price that's anything but peanuts. Click here for more information.

Rich variety and nutrition in peanuts(Posted on 3/14/2013)

March is National Peanut Month, a time to celebrate one of America's favorite foods! Roasted in the shell for a ballpark snack, ground into peanut butter or tossed in a salad or stir-fry, peanuts find their way into everything from breakfast to dessert. Click here for more information.

Peanut oil in vaccines behind widespread peanut allergy epidemic (Posted on 2/22/2013)


More than one million children living in America today suffer from peanut allergy, and a significant percentage of these have such severe symptoms that they must carry around self-injectable epinephrine just in case they accidentally become exposed to the food.
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China helping to curb peanut surplus (Posted on 2/22/2013)

Farmers in Alabama and across the South could soon be reaping the benefits of an increased demand for peanuts. Click here for the details.

As Arkansas Peanut Interest Grows, Prices Might Decline (Posted on 2/1/2013)

Pocahontas based Arkansas Grown Highest Quality Peanuts contracted 8,200 acres of peanuts last year with farmers, co-owner Kyle Baltz said. In 2013 the number of acres will likely drop. Click here for the details.

SC peanut growers holding annual meeting (Posted on 2/1/2013)

Scientists from Clemson University are to deliver an update on their research into peanut farming. Click here for more details.

Unilever says Skippy peanut butter brand sold (Posted on 2/1/2013)

Dutch food and cosmetics giant Unilever said Thursday it has sold its Skippy global peanut butter brand in a multi-million-dollar deal to US-based food maker Hormel, except for in China where the sale was awaiting approval from authorities. Click here for more details.

2013 South Carolina Peanut Growers’ Meeting(Posted on 1/11/2013)

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Peanut butter goes nutty (Posted on 1/11/2013)

Once upon a time the peanut butter market used to be all about peanuts, but that’s no longer the case, said Lynn Dornblaser, analyst with Mintel, Chicago.  Click here for more information.

Sublingual immunotherapy shows promise as treatment for peanut allergy(Posted on 1/11/2013)

Peanuts are one of the most common triggers of severe food-induced allergic reactions, which can be fatal, and the prevalence of peanut allergy is increasing.  Click here for more details.

Study finds a daily dose of peanuts under your tongue helps treat peanut allergies (Posted on 1/11/2013)

Peanut-fearers, rejoice -- new research suggests that treatment may be possible for peanut allergies. Click here for more information.

 

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