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2018 Peanut Efficiency Winner Mason Becker.

March madness—it comes in many forms

March is a month full of celebration. Which day will you observe?

March is a month full of celebrations? By the time you read this, World Compliment Day, International Find a Pay Phone Booth Day, and my personal favorite, National Frozen Food Day, will have passed. Yep. It’s true. You’re going to have to wait until 2020 to buy a t-shirt or throw a party in honor of those March observances.

But you’re not too late for National Potato Chip Day, Extraterrestrial Abductions Day, Bunsen Burner Day, and on the third Thursday of March, Absolutely Incredible Kid Day. I wonder if there’s an age limit on that one?

March is also full of commodity revelry as well. There’s National Pig Day, Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, Pecan Day, Poultry Day, and National Spinach Day.

As for month-long observances, National Celery Month, National Women’s History Month and National Peanut Month, also lay claim to March’s madness. During National Celery Month, people are encouraged to try new recipes using this low-cost, weight-reducing vegetable. My favorite is a celery spear smeared with peanut butter or pimento cheese and by smeared, I mean piled-high. I’m not sure either one of those is helping me lose weight, but they taste great!

National Women’s History Month recognizes women who have made contributions to our nation. At womenshistorymonth.gov., several events are scheduled to commemorate American women through exhibits such as, “Betty Ford: A Champion for Breast Cancer Awareness,” and panel discussions, such as, “How Did American Women Act? Heroism on the Homefront,” focusing on World War II America and role of everyday women, as well as famous women like Eleanor Roosevelt.

Peanuts will also be celebrated this month. Reading through #NationalPeanutMonth tweets, Texas Peanut Producers Board highlighted U.S. producers who grew more than 239,000 tons of peanuts in 2018.  The Georgia Peanut Commission tweeted that peanuts contain about 8 grams of cholesterol-free plant protein per ounce, which is more than any other nut.

When I think about peanuts, I think of my mom’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I think of family members, who shall remain nameless, who eat peanut butter by the spoonfuls out of the jar —and not just in March but every day of the year!

Peanuts also make me think of Farm Press’s Peanut Efficiency Award, which recognizes a peanut grower from each of the peanut-producing regions in the U.S. (the Southwest, Delta, Southeast and West) who produce high peanut yields while using sustainable practices. Nominations are being accepted through April 25, 2019.

The winner will receive a paid trip to the Southern Peanut Conference in Panama City, Fla., this July. But beware: If your grower wins, they may have to trade in their Wranglers for shorts and if they are anything like my farmer, that would be an anomaly! Or who knows, maybe July celebrates National Farmers Wear Shorts Day. Nominate a deserving grower today!

 

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