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The 19th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference chose “Navigating the Marketplace” as the theme and featured association and government experts on the two-day educational program.

Ron Smith 1, Senior Content Director

August 1, 2017

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Farmers, researchers, Extension specialists and industry representatives from across the U.S. Peanut Belt gathered July 20-22 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla., to discuss issues relevant to producing and marketing peanuts.

The 19th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference chose “Navigating the Marketplace” as the theme and featured association and government experts on the two-day educational program.

The Farm Press/National Peanut Board Peanut Efficiency Award breakfast honored three top producers from the Upper Southeast, Lower Southeast and Southwest regions. Winners Jake Teichroeb, Southwest; Curry Parker, Lower Southeast; and Ray Davis, Upper Southeast, were honored with the Peanut Efficiency Awards and fielded questions from the audience on production, management and marketing programs. Program advisor Marshall Lamb, USDA-ARS, National Peanut Laboratory, said these and previous winners set a high bar for peanut producers with innovative management.

Here are a few representative images from the conference.

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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