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APRES meeting organizers were pleased with the attendance, participation and the venues, and noted some optimism for the U.S. peanut industry with market upticks and new products and practices coming from ag research.

Ron Smith 1, Senior Content Director

July 17, 2017

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The 49th annual conference for the American Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES) featured updates on the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in agricultural research, the importance of biosecurity in agriculture, regional updates from the Southwest peanut industry, research reports from across the peanut belt, and the reminiscence of an agricultural editor’s near 40-years covering Sunbelt farms and ranches. The scenic vistas of Albuquerque served as backdrop to the annual meeting, which ran from July 11-13.

Meeting organizers were pleased with the attendance, participation and the venues, and noted some optimism for the U.S. peanut industry with market upticks and new products and practices coming from ag research.

Here are a few photos from the meeting.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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