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Top peanut producers, families celebrate PEA awardsTop peanut producers, families celebrate PEA awards

Southern Peanut Growers Conference welcomes back peanut industry after 2020 hiatus, celebrates Peanut Efficiency Award winners.

Shelley E. Huguley

July 21, 2021

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The peanut industry celebrated this nation's top peanut producers, July 17, 2021, at the annual Peanut Efficiency Award (PEA) Breakfast, Panama City Beach, Fla. 

The breakfast, held in conjunction with the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, honors peanut producers for their production efficiency and yields. The award is sponsored by Farm Press and the National Peanut Board.

This year, both the 2020 and 2021 winners were recognized, as last year's breakfast and conference were canceled due to COVID-19.

The 2021 winners are as follows: Dan Ward, Upper Southeastern states; Armond Morris, Lower Southeastern states; Dan West, Midsouth states and Tony Dill, in the Southwest

The 2020 PEA winners are as followsKirk Jones, Windsor, Va., Upper Southeastern states;.Michael, Tom and Mark Mullek, Lower Southeast states:  Van Hensarling, Richton, Miss., Midsouth states; and Glen and Aaron Martin, Southwest states,

Take a look at this gallery to see the honorees and their families and friends who gathered to celebrate their award, along with conference photos.

See, Peanut award winners cite water, labor, family as biggest concerns

*Stay tuned: Links to footage from the breakfast and the 2021 PEA video will be added soon. 


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 that have to be 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 a 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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