The image that comes to mind for many Americans when they hear the word farmer is an older man in dusty overalls not unlike the portrait painted in Grant Wood’s American Gothic. While that is a quaint notion, it hardly conforms to the reality of today’s diverse and innovative agricultural industry. We spoke with three young, female peanut farmers who are challenging the conventional stereotype of farmers, and are poised to become the next generation of leaders in the industry. They are helping to shape the future of the peanut industry, and proving that farming is diverse, technologically advanced, and anything but quaint.
March 7, 2019 – ATLANTA – The National Peanut Board will hold its quarterly meeting in Albany, Ga., April 3 and 4 as part of its regular practice to meet with peanut producers in a different growing region each year. Previous Board meetings have taken place in the South Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama growing regions.
Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Perhaps not. But a peanut farmer in south Georgia can tell you how Sesame Street got to her farm. The children’s television series recently visited peanut country to show kids where one of their favorite foods comes from. In the process of filming, it became an educational experience unto itself that brought the industry together and showed that Sesame Street still has the power to bring joy and inspiration to people of all ages.
Jonesboro, Arkansas--Arkansas Peanut Growers’ Association seeks eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. Arkansas Peanut Growers’ Association will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board during the annual meeting of the Arkansas Peanut Growers’ Association on February 19, 2019, at 6:00 pm in the community room of Farm Credit Midsouth, 3000 Prosperity Drive, Jonesboro, Ark., 72404.
Jan. 14, 2019– ATLANTA – The National Peanut Board will hold its quarterly Board and committee meetings in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 12-13, 2019. The Board’s Research Committee will consider requests for FY-19 funding for production research from state peanut producer organizations and universities. Funding production research to make America’s peanut farmers more competitive is a core part of the Board’s mission.
Jan. 7, 2019 – ATLANTA – The New Mexico Peanut Growers Association is seeking eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. New Mexico Peanut Growers Association will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (MST) at Mark’s Eastern Grill Restaurant, 1126 W. First Street, Portales, N.M.
Dec. 4, 2018 – ATLANTA – South Carolina Peanut Board seeks eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. South Carolina Peanut Board will hold a nominations election to select two nominees for alternate to the National Peanut Board during a meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Clark’s Restaurant in Santee, S.C.
November 6, 2018 – ATLANTA – USDA will swear in seven farmer-leaders at the National Peanut Board’s quarterly board meeting December 4-5 at The Ellis Hotel, 176 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30303. Members and alternates were appointed to the National Peanut Board earlier this year by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2021.
The average peanut farm is about 200 acres. Farmers work closely with their local community agriculture businesses to sell and distribute their harvests, maintain farm equipment and invest in their land. For many rural areas, farmers are an economic and social keystone; linking neighbors in a web of social and economic relationships and contributing to local causes.
Farming is an expensive endeavor. Whether you're starting your own farm or you have years of experience under your belt, profit margins can be so narrow that shifts in market price or weather can be damaging. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) recognize the unique challenges farmers face and provide programs that not only mitigate financial damage, but also support farm growth and improvements. USDA also encourages military veterans, young people, women and the historically underserved or socially disadvantaged to pursue and succeed in careers in agriculture.
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