Production Research

Production Research Means Efficiency and Sustainability

Since 2001, the National Peanut Board (NPB) has allocated more than $37.9 million toward state and industry production research. Additionally, NPB leveraged over $1.5 million of NPB and other industry partners' funds to recieve over $2.7 million in NIFA match. Each year, we allocate funding for state and regionally identified research programs to maximize value for the dollar, eliminate duplication, encourage collaboration and eliminate gaps.

A dime here, a dollar there — when it comes to research, it all adds up to keeping peanut production affordable for farmers. Step by step, production research helps keep USA peanut farming competitive on the world market.

Click here for a Return on Investment report showing positive ROI for NPB production research and marketing/promotion programs. Check out our Production Research Database for more details on NPB-funded research.

ROI Study: Every Dollar Invested in National Peanut Board Returns $9.74

In Fiscal Year 2019, the National Peanut Board (NPB) commissioned an economic study to measure the return of peanut producers’ investments in the marketing and research funding programs managed by the Board. The study, An Economic Evaluation of the National Peanut Board, conducted by Dr. Harry M. Kaiser of Cornell University, found that each dollar invested in the Board’s checkoff program between 2014 and 2018 returned $9.74 to the peanut industry.

Our History

Long before the first seed goes into the ground each spring we fund important production research that makes it possible for farmers to continue to do the work that’s in their blood. And when it comes to “selling” peanuts to consumers like you, we’ve found our job is really just to remind you of all the reasons to love USA-peanut products. 

In the Southeast, Public Breeding Program Supports Development of Diverse Cultivars to Benefit Growers & Protect Industry

Most veteran peanut farmers in the Southeast will remember the devastating spread of tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) in the 1990s. Yields suffered with the spread of the disease and the value of Georgia’s crop was reduced more than 10 percent. Nearly every variety grown back then was susceptible to the virus and a flood of cultivars were developed to incorporate resistance.

But TSWV is hardly the only disease researchers and growers are affected by. White mold, leaf spot, root knot nematodes and many others can also impact crop quality. As breeders are developing new cultivars, it’s useful to know the resistance or susceptibility levels so that growers can modify their disease management programs. However, many breeding programs can’t afford their own plant pathologists for that evaluation.

New Peanut Production Research Database Launches

The National Peanut Board has funded production research projects to increase efficiencies for farmers since 2001, totaling more than 1,600 projects and $37.9 million. Now, NPB is taking its commitment to research one step further with the launch of the new Production Research Database, available at

Quality Peanut Cultivars Support Sustainability and Save Southwest Peanut Farmers Thousands

The peanut breeding and pathology research team at USDA ARS Center for Peanut Improvement in Stillwater, Okla., has long-term goals to provide the peanut farmers in the southwestern region of the United States continuous seed improvements that have a balance of market desirability and strong resistance to disease.

Seed Varieties Double Yield and Improve Disease Resistance in Virginia-Carolinas Region

For peanut farmers in the Virginia-Carolinas region, certain crop diseases have historically been a significant impediment to peanut yields and farm profits. With funding from National Peanut Board (NPB), researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) began addressing this issue by developing disease resistant cultivars through a multi-year, multi-location breading program. The resulting varieties of Bailey, Sugg, Wynn and Sullivan Virginia-type seeds have doubled the yield for farmers in the region, and reduced input costs to treat chronic conditions.

Texas A&M Fast-tracks Superior Cultivars Using Genetic and Physical Markers

Conventional breeding is a long and laborious process that takes years to bring a new seed to market. That’s why researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife (TAMU) are fast-tracking the breeding process with genomics (targeting genes at the DNA/molecular level) and phenomics (identifying physical characteristics of the plant). Their aim is to resist disease and environmental pressures by screening for genetic and phenomic markers with advantageous characteristics to allow for the quicker development of new varieties.

Production Research Proposals on Agenda for National Peanut Board’s February Meeting

Jan. 10, 2020– ATLANTAThe National Peanut Board will hold its quarterly Board and committee meetings in Atlanta, Ga., February 11-12, 2020. The Board’s Research Committee will consider requests for FY-20 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.

Here’s Why This Farmer Spends as Much Time in the Board Room as He Does in the Field

Dan Ward of Clarkton, N.C. is a seventh-generation farmer who has spent a lifetime helping to advance peanut research and promotions by taking time away from his farm to serve as a farmer representative on various industry boards and committees. We sat down with Ward, a former Chairman of the National Peanut Board, to find out what inspired him to spend as much time in the board room as he does in the field. We also asked about some of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry when it comes to production research.

National Peanut Board Wins Grower Support with 93% Approval in Referendum

June 7, 2019 – ATLANTA, GA – Peanut producers voted overwhelmingly to continue the Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Program, administered by the National Peanut Board (NPB), in a referendum conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from April 15 through May 3, 2019. Ninety-three percent of those who voted said “yes” to continuing NPB’s research, marketing and promotion program.


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