The Peanut Podcast, created by the National Peanut Board, delves into issues that are important to peanut growers and the industry. Join NPB staff hosts Lauren Highfill Williams and Lindsay Stevens once a month as they explore hot topics and future trends impacting the industry, including agriculture, sustainability, nutrition, allergies, culture, consumers and more.

29 August 2023

How I Got Here: Stories from the Farm

Whether today’s farmers come from a multi-generational line of growers or they're the first generation to be called to agriculture, those paths are filled with twists and turns, challenges, redemption and kindness. In this episode, we’re sharing compelling stories from the peanut grower community that open up new opportunities, possibilities and appreciation in agriculture. Featured peanut farmer guests on this episode are Karla Thompson of Georgia, Jan Jones of Georgia and Lonnie Fortner of Mississippi.
24 July 2023

Peanuts in Schools

PB&Js have been a school lunch staple for generations—and at most schools they still are. The star ingredient, peanut butter, is nutritious, affordable, shelf stable and tasty. But food allergy concerns are a barrier to schools using more peanuts. Tapping into our recent Summer School Nutrition Summit, we’ll discuss the latest trends, what's on the minds of school nutrition leaders and how schools can serve peanuts while keeping students with allergies safe. We’ll hear from Amy Carroll of Lee County, FL Schools whose district brought peanut butter back to the menu after almost 20 years, Marlon Gordon of Nxt Gen Network, child nutrition chef Rebecca Polson, Leslie Wagner of Southern Peanut Growers and Texas peanut grower Lexi Floyd.
31 May 2023

Using Peanuts to Reduce Food Waste

Farmers put their livelihoods on the line with each crop they plant, tend to and harvest. Now imagine 40% of that crop going into the trash instead of feeding hungry people. That’s the unfortunate situation we’re in with food waste in the U.S. But there’s a push from multiple sectors to get the most out of every ounce of nutritious food American farmers grow. We’ll explore the issue of food waste and how peanuts are part of the solution on the farm and on the plate through conversations with Valeri Lea of Sherman Moritz, Daniel Kurzrock of Upcycled Foods, Joanne Gendrano of Unilever Food Solutions and Alabama peanut farmer Thomas Adams. 
25 April 2023

What Works in Marketing in 2023

With the few months of 2023 behind us, it’s time to look into what’s working and what’s on the horizon in marketing. Are Gen Z and millennials still the darlings of marketing? How are brands and organizations reaching them, and what can the peanut industry learn? How do exports play into marketing trends? We’ll find these answers with perspectives from Caroline Coyle from Golin, Radhika Murari from OmMade peanut butter, Shelly Nutt from the Texas Peanut Producers Board and food trend expert Skye Estroff.   
28 March 2023

"Healthy: Who Defines it Anyway?

It’s a hot time for health. For the first time in almost 30 years, the FDA is planning to update its definition of healthy. In the nutrition community, there’s a movement to consider more factors, like age, lifestyle and culture, when recommending food choices. Consumers are considering health more holistically—not just as the food we eat but also our physical and mental wellbeing. We’ll explore how our thinking about “healthy” has evolved and what it means for peanuts and peanut butter through conversations with NPB dietitians Markita Lewis, Sherry Coleman Collins and foodservice dietitian Ann Dunaway Teh. 
28 February 2023

Opportunities for Peanut Oil

Peanut oil may be best known as the oil of choice for frying that delicious Thanksgiving turkey or the classic Chick-fil-A sandwich. But changes in the marketplace, climate and economy are leading industry stakeholders to explore the possibility and opportunity of producing more peanut oil in the U.S. In this episode, we talk with National Peanut Board President & CEO Bob Parker, Texas A&M researcher Dr. John Cason and Executive Director of the Georgia Peanut Commission Don Koehler.
31 January 2023

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver is known as the father of the peanut industry. He brought a new understanding of sustainable agriculture to the Southern U.S. to help farmers support their families and have a better life. In this episode, we go beyond the basics and explore Carver as a dynamic person who was a scientist, educator, artist, humanitarian and inspiration. This episode includes perspectives from Curtis Gregory from the George Washington Carver National Monument; Dr. John Beasley from Auburn University; and Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller from Tuskegee University.
29 November 2022

Mental Health and Farm Families

Many say that farming is a calling and there’s a lot to love about a career in agriculture. But the all-consuming and isolated nature of life on the farm and so many factors out of the grower’s control can cause an incredible amount of stress and mental hardship. Not only for farmers themselves but also for their loved ones. In this episode, we talk with Florida Peanut Producers Executive Director Ken Barton; grower Lamont Bridgeforth; and Knesha Rose-Davison, the public health and equity director at Agrisafe. 
25 October 2022

Peanuts During the Holidays

The holiday season is here, filled with family, friends and, of course, food! From Halloween through the New Year, peanuts are a popular part of the holidays. In this episode, we highlight comforting classic ways peanuts are used during the most wonderful time of the year, as well as uses that may surprise you. We speak with Marianne Catalano from Virginia-Carolinas Peanut Promotions; Robert Marks IV and Megan Marks Harrell from Belmont Peanuts; Chef Tessa Nguyen from Taste Nutrition Consulting; and Jamie Cromley from GPC’s peanut recipe contest.  

The Peanut Podcast, created by the National Peanut Board, delves into issues that are important to peanut growers and the industry. Join NPB staff hosts Lauren Highfill Williams and Lindsay Stevens once a month as they explore hot topics and future trends impacting the industry, including agriculture, sustainability, nutrition, allergies, culture, consumers and more.

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Lauren Highfill Williams, Co-Host and Senior Producer 

Lauren is director of communications at the National Peanut Board. In 13 years at NPB, she has become a leader in domestic promotions strategy and execution, including business development projects and digital and social assets. She currently leads reputation management work to remove barriers to peanut consumption and directs stakeholder communications. Lauren prefers creamy peanut butter on a spoon but crunchy in a PB&J, and has fellow peanut butter lovers at home in Atlanta with her husband, 6 year old, 1 year old and senior (but still feisty!) dog.


Lindsay Stevens, Co-Host and Producer 

Lindsay is a communications specialist at the National Peanut Board. Since she's still relatively new to the peanut industry, Lindsay's enjoyed learning the ins and outs of the peanut industry alongside podcast listeners. She has a background in journalism and is the editor of NPB's magazine, PQ. She also manages NPB's newsletter, website and social media among other grower and industry-related topics. Lindsay loves inshell peanuts, but she especially likes to share them with her oversized dog, Goose. 


DeMarquiné Houston, Engineer and Sound Designer

DeMarquiné (Dee) has worn many hats over her 20-year career with NPB, but her favorites are those that come with the opportunity to apply her artistic side to technical endeavors like database building or podcast sound design. Dee is currently the Director of IT and Compliance and, in addition to managing all things electronic, works closely with state organizations to manage NPB’s annual production research budget. Dee’s favorite way to consume peanuts are in trail mix while hiking or in Southeast Asian cuisine.


Darby Johnson, Reporter 

Darby is the newest team member at the National Peanut Board. She joins us a communications specialist with a previous background in journalism and health communications. She works on the nutrition and early introduction programs, assists the Peanut Podcast, and creates digital content for social media and the website. Darby likes creamy peanut butter for her PB&Js and thinks peanut butter crackers are the best snack.   

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