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Peanut meeting to feature Flavor Symposium

The APRES annual meeting is set for July 9-11 in Oklahoma City. The early registration deadline is nearing. Peanut topics to be covered include soil conservation, climate resources, and aquifer health.

Ron Smith, Editor

May 22, 2024

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APRES annual meeting set for July 9-11, 2024. Early registration is underway. Shelley E. Huguley

The 2024 American Peanut Research and Education Society’s 56th annual meeting, scheduled for July 9-11 at the Omni, Oklahoma City, will explore "Beyond the Dust Bowl: Peanut Production Challenges from the Ground Up."

The general session will delve into critical topics such as soil conservation, climate resources, and aquifer health.

The 2024 APRES conference will also feature a Flavor Symposium, where researchers and industry representatives will discuss the intricacies of peanut flavor, the complexities of enhancing flavor, and strategies for maintaining the exceptional taste for which the U.S. peanut industry is known.

“I am extremely excited about the upcoming APRES meeting,” says APRES President Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension plant pathologist, Tifton. “The 2024 conference will take us into a unique area of the peanut production region.”

Kemerait says the meeting site offers a good perspective for this year’s theme of resource conservation. “Oklahoma has a rich history of agriculture and also the tragedy of the Dust Bowl and migration out of Oklahoma.

“I'm also very excited about a newly named session acknowledging the work of Dr. Charles Simpson (Texas A&M AgriLife Research) and recognition of his tremendous efforts and accomplishments in integrating wild species into our current peanut varieties.”

Kemerait said the Joe Sugg student competitions offer opportunities for masters and doctoral candidates to present research and interact with other students, scientists and industry professionals.

“I look forward to being in Oklahoma or anywhere with APRES in the summertime with folks from the United States as well as international participants,” Kemerait says. “Our hope is that through these sessions, we can share research that will move peanut production and processing forward.”

Kemerait adds that the annual APRES meeting is more than a technical conference. “The fellowship that comes from this meeting is unequalled in any other meeting I go to,” he says. “APRES 2024 will be science, Extension, research, international and domestic. It will recognize some of the giants in our field like Charles Simpson. And it is going to be an opportunity for the fellowship that comes from being a part of the peanut community in the United States.”

For more information and to register, please check out 2024 APRES Annual Meeting.

Early Bird Registration for significant savings is available through 11:59 pm., May 31.

Also, for those unable to attend in person, an International Virtual registration (2024 APRES Annual Meeting International) option offers exclusive access to live streams of key presentations.

Discounted room rates at the Omni Oklahoma City hotel are available exclusively for meeting attendees.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith

Editor, Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 30 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. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Denton, Texas. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and two grandsons, Aaron and Hunter.

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