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Peanut payment limit needed to make program work

The peanut payment limit grew out of the economic realities farmers faced when they transitioned from the quota program to the marketing loan.

As the debate over the 2018 farm bill begins in earnest, one issue that may come up during deliberations by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees is the separate payment limit for peanut producers.

Bob Redding of the Washington, D.C.-based Redding Firm and Don Koehler of the Georgia Peanut Commission discussed how the separate limit came to be in 2002 and why it’s still needed.

One of the reasons is the cost of equipment required for operating Southern cotton and peanut operations, as Koehler explains in this video from the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation annual conference.

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