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Farm Press Peanut Efficiency Award nominations underway

Farm Press seeks to recognize sustainable U.S. peanut farmers. Winners receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Fla.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

March 28, 2023

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2022 Peanut Efficiency Award Winners: from left, Farm Press Senior Content Editor Brad Haire; Southwest, Karl Stutzman, Weatherford, Okla.; Lower Southeast, Wayne Hobbs, Irwin County, Ga.; Upper Southeast Ben Cowin, Williamston, N.C.; and Marshall Lamb, peanut research leader, USDA National Peanut Research Laboratory. Not pictured is Delta winner Mitchell Rogers, Covington County, Miss.Shelley E. Huguley

The 2023 Farm Press Peanut Efficiency Award nominations are underway. Annually, Farm Press seeks to recognize producers throughout the Peanut Belt who are using regenerative practices to achieve high peanut yields and grades.

PEA winners are selected from the Lower Southeast, including Alabama, Georgia, Florida; the Upper Southeast, including Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina; the Southwest, including Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico; and the Delta, including Mississippi, Arkansas and Mississippi.

“The award is based on production proficiency, honoring growers who produce the highest yields by using inputs wisely,” says Farm Progress Senior Content Director Brad Haire. "The awards are determined based on the producer’s entire peanut operation rather than an individual farm or small plots, and the data submitted is kept confidential."

Production costs are considered in the nomination application as well.

“The elements of production cost and price are equally important factors in our evaluation of nominees. Marketing expertise definitely has given an edge to recent winners of the award,” says Marshall Lamb, research director for the National Peanut Research Laboratory and primary advisor of the PEA program.

Education is a major component of the Peanut Efficiency Award. “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,” Haire says. “Each PEA winner and their management practices will also be featured in each of the publications, highlighting their keys to success. Our hope is that this will be information that will also be beneficial to other peanut producers.”

Winners of the 2023 awards will receive an expense-paid trip for two to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, July 27-29, at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Farm Press will recognize each honoree at its annual PEA Breakfast, July 29.

Nomination forms

Nomination forms are available online,, and can be emailed to Lamb at [email protected]. The deadline is April 15, 2023.

The 2022 honorees were Ben Cowin, Williamston, N.C., Upper Southeastern states; Wayne Hobbs, Irwin County, Ga., Lower Southeastern states; Mitchell Rogers, Covington County, Miss.; Delta region; and Karl Stutzman, Weatherford, Okla., Southwest region. Follow the links to learn more!

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About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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