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Annual Georgia Peanut Tour set for Sept. 13-15 By Clint Thompson

Home to the University of Georgia Tifton Campus and Georgia Peanut Commission, Tifton, Georgia, will host this year’s Georgia Peanut Tour.

The annual tour, set for Tuesday, Sept. 13, to Thursday, Sept. 15, is designed for farmers, consultants and industry personnel to learn about current news, recent trends and research projects conducted for Georgia’s peanut industry.

The UGA Peanut Team will be featured in the “Hot Topics” portion of the tour on Tuesday at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, as well as during an on-farm visit on Thursday, when the tour stops at the Lang Farm, a UGA research station.

“The Georgia Peanut Tour is an important opportunity that the UGA Peanut Team has to educate our farmers and industry leaders about how the peanut crop has performed this year in relation to drought conditions, insects and disease pressure,” UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort said. “We had a serious drought in Georgia this summer. How did that impact our dryland peanuts, which are half of the state’s peanut crop? That’s the type of question we’ll be answering.”

In addition, UGA scientists will discuss research projects that are funded by the Georgia Peanut Commission and the peanut industry.

This year’s tour stops include the Peanut Partners Buying Point and Premium Peanut LLC in nearby Douglas, Georgia. Attendees will also visit Golden Boy Foods in Fitzgerald, Georgia, as well as make multiple on-farm stops, including Armond Morris’ farm in Irwin County, Georgia, and Philip Grimes’ farm in Tifton. Both Morris and Grimes have been named the Southeastern Farmer of the Year at the Sunbelt Ag Expo, in 2002 and 2014 respectively.

“The Georgia Peanut Tour offers an opportunity to showcase the peanut industry in Georgia to the product manufacturers who make peanut butter, candy and savory peanut snacks,” said Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission.

For more information about the Georgia Peanut Tour, contact Hannah Jones at hannah@gopeanuts.com or call 229-386-3475.

(Clint Thompson is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.)

Georgia Peanut Tour
Georgia Peanut Tour

Peanuts are dug at a farm in southwest Georgia during the Georgia Peanut Tour last year.

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Peanuts are dug at a farm in southwest Georgia during the Georgia Peanut Tour last year. Download Image
Georgia Peanut Tour
Georgia Peanut Tour

Scott Monfort, UGA Cooperative Extension agronomist, speaks during the Georgia Peanut Tour last year.

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Georgia Peanut Tour
Georgia Peanut Tour

Mercy Butao, from Malawi, Africa, checks out peanuts during a stop on the Georgia Peanut Tour two years ago.

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