Applications Due July 1, 2012
The Florida Peanut Producers Association
recently set July 1 as the deadline to apply for the
Award Program. Two $1,200 scholarships will be awarded
to deserving high school seniors and/or
The applicant or someone in the applicant’s family must be an actively
producing peanut grower, not necessarily a member of the FPPA. It is the intent
of the Scholarship Award Committee, however, that the award recipients attend
a Florida junior college or four-year university.
Each winner will receive $600 when the scholarship winners are announced.
The remaining $600 will be awarded after the completion of one semester and
of passing grades is submitted to the FPPA Office.
“The Florida Peanut Producers Association is committed to helping further
the education of young people in Florida and the scholarship program is evidence
our our committment,” says Ken Barton, executive director of the FPPA. “ The
FPPA welcomes all applicants. The final selection will be made by the committee
and all applicants will be notified by mail, as will the scholarship winners.”
For an application contact the FPPA office at 2741 Penn Avenue, Suite 1,
FL 32448 or call (850) 526-2590.
Download Scholarship Application [MS Word]
or [PDF Document]
Alabama/Florida Peanut Trade Show
set for Feb. 10, 2011
Peanut growers in the tri-states
area will have the opportunity to see the latest advances in peanut
growing, harvesting and other related equipment at the Alabama/Florida
Peanut Trade Show which will be held at the National Peanut Festival
Fairgrounds in Dothan, Al on Thursday February 10.
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Florida Peanut Producers Association seeks National Peanut Board
The Florida Peanut Producers
Association is seeking eligible peanut producers to come
forward who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board.
Florida Peanut Producers will hold a nominations election to select
a member and
alternate to the National Peanut Board (NPB) during the Florida
Association Annual Membership Meeting on February 24, 2011 at 6:30
p.m. (cst) at the
Jackson County Agricultural Complex on Penn Avenue in Marianna,
FL. All eligible producers are encouraged to participate.
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FPPA awards scholarships
Florida Peanut Producers Association Scholarship Committee recently
selected four winners for the 2010
applicants were judged on academic achievement, extracurricular
activities and personal agricultural experience. This
winners are, Dustin Davis, Chipley; Rett Daniels, Sneads; Liza
Johnson, Graceville and Kayla Toole, Grand Ridge, Fla.
“While all scholarship applications submitted this year were very
good, these four winners were outstanding.” says Ken Barton,
FPPA executive director. “Not only in their academic achievement,
but in community involvement and each play a vital role in the
success of their family’s farm.”
Congratulations to the 2010 FPPA scholarship winners.
Ford attends 2010 Farm to Fuel Summit
Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Charles Bronson
hosted the 2010 “Farm to Fuel” Summit in Orlando
to bring together hundreds of industry leaders in agriculture,
energy, academia and government who want to make Florida a leader
in the production of renewable energy.
“Florida has the greatest potential for biomass production
in the country, and the technology exists to convert our natural
resources to clean, renewable energy,” Bronson says. “This
event brought together all the stakeholders so we can continue
working toward the goal of reducing our dependence on foreign
oil while at the same time providing another source of income
for our farmers.”
Highlights of the summit include more than 40 speakers and 50
exhibitors and approximately 500 attendees. Attendees of this
year’s summit heard about various feedstocks and technologies
for renewable energy production, challenges relating to project
financing, permitting and infrastructure, and state and federal
Florida Peanut Producers Association President, Larry Ford attended
the summit. “I am excited about the possibility of producing
a biomass crop that will fit well in a peanut rotation and increase
the efficiency and profitability of my farm,” Ford says. “However,
I realize that to improve the technology and to have the production
facilities in place to produce renewable energy on a commercial
scale is no small task.”
For more information visit www.floridafarmtofuel.com.
Peanut Growers Conference - July 12-14, 2009
11th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference officially
kicked off Sunday, July 12. A blog has been developed that
highlights all events from the conference. Check it out at
www.southernpeanutfarmers.org. The blog features speaker
interviews, photos and much more.
"A Journey Through Time" Peanut
Print now available
say a picture is worth a thousand words. But with the recent
unveiling of a new peanut print entitled, “A Journey Through
Time,” a thousand words will only begin to describe the
history and modern times depicted in this colorful print commissioned
by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation (SPFF) and painted
by artist Jack Deloney. The SPFF consists of the Alabama Peanut
Producers Association, the Florida Peanut Producers Association,
the Georgia Peanut Commission and the Mississippi Peanut Growers
“With this year being the tenth anniversary of the Southern
Peanut Farmers Federation, we (SPFF) decided to do something
unique about peanut production,” explains Randy Griggs,
executive director of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association. “And
this print certainly helps us appreciate how the peanut industry
has progressed in it’s agriculture endeavors and moved
forward in a positive direction.”
“A Journey Through Time” is just what it states. An overview of the
development and evolution of one of America’s favorite foods – peanuts!
The top portion of the painting allows you to step back in time and acquaint
yourself with peanut production as it was back in the early 1900’s. Peanut
production was labor intensive until peanut pickers arrived on the scene that
would crawl down the row and pick up the dry peanut vines.
The bottom portion of the painting gives you a look at peanut production during
the early days of mechanization in the industry. It was a time when fourteen
foot wagons came on the scene and allowed artificial drying which greatly improved
the quality of the crop. The larger, center portion of the painting gives you
a current view of how peanut production is today from the field all the way to
“Not only has our peanut production area expanded, today we have technology
that continues to make peanuts a viable crop,” says Carl Sanders, president
of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association. “And we are extremely proud
to be a part of such a prestigious piece of artwork that shows the techniques
we use in order to continue to produce the best quality peanuts in the world.”
“What makes this painting different is the accuracy and amount of detail
that was necessary to show the progress of the industry,” said artist Jack
There are only 500 prints available of “A Journey Through Time.” By
making a minimum donation of $110 per print to the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation,
you too can have this beautiful display of history for your own.
To place an order, download the order form.
helps celebrate National Blood Donors Month
Florida Peanut Producers Association
has partnered with Southeastern Community Blood Center
to honor donors during January, National
Blood Donors Month. Anyone who donating blood during
the month of January received a package of FRESH FROM FLORIDA
PEANUTS compliments of Florida’s peanut farmers
and Florida Peanut Producers Association.
The partnership with Florida Peanut Producers is a perfect
fit because of the health and nutritional benefits of peanuts,” says
Schelly Giraldo, Marianna branch manager of the Southeastern
Community Blood Center. “I can’t think of
a better snack for our donors to enjoy while donating
one of the
Blood Centers or our Blood Mobile. We extend a kind thank
you to FPPA for helping honor our donors while Giving
The Gift of Life.”
Southeastern Community Blood Centers supplies blood to 26
Ken Barton, executive director of the FPPA says, “the
opportunity to partner with Southeastern Community Blood
Center has worked very well during National Blood Donor
Month, so well in fact, that we have decided to extend
through March to help celebrate National Peanut Month.”
Ford reappointed to Peanut Standards Board
The 2002 Farm Bill provided for the establishment of the Peanut
Standards Board and directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) to consult with the board before establishing or changing
quality and handling standards for domestically produced and
The Peanut Standards Board consists of 18 members with equal
representation by peanut producers and peanut industry representatives.
Three producers and three industry representatives are appointed
from each of three regions, the Southeast, Southwest, and the
VC peanut producing regions. The Secretary of Agriculture recently
appointed Larry Ford of Greenwood, Fla., to serve as the producer
representative from Florida. Ford’s term will end in 2010.
participates in the Jackson County March of Dimes WalkAmerica
The Florida Peanut Producers Association promoted the nutritious
benefits of eating peanuts during the March of Dimes WalkAmerica
event in Marianna, Fla. During the walk, FPPA distributed peanuts
and water to walkers and helped children at an activity table.
The children were able to color and create peanut crafts at the
activity table. Mr. Peanut was on hand to cheer on walkers. FPPA
and all of the walk teams helped raise $28,000 for the March of
Peanut Field Day at West
Florida Research and Education Center
Henry Lowery and Allen Edwards, Jay area farmers discuss the farm
bill with Ken Barton FPPA executive director, at the West Florida
Research and Education Center Field Day. During the field day Barry
Brecke and Barry Tillman discussed peanut disease pressure and
new peanut varieties.
Peanut Leadership Class meets in Lubbock, Texas
Jaime Ayers, farm manager at the J. Leek Research Farm in Brownfield,
Texas, shares research data with some of the Syngenta Peanut Leadership
Class. Left to right are Ayers, Steve Yoder, Fla., Frank Moore,
Syngenta, and Scott Saucer, Ala.
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