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17th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference to Be Held July 23-25, 2015

The 17th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be held July 23-25, 2015 at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia. The three-day event provides farmers with information peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions. In addition to the conference sessions, the event focuses on the family by offering a ladies program and a golf tournament. Information about the conference and sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting one of the coordinating partners listed below.

Florida Peanut Farmers Announce New Website to Answer Peanut Allergy Questions

PeanutAllergyFacts.org offers resources for families, schools and professionals

With the school year in full swing, many districts face challenges in how to best manage peanut and other food allergies in a school setting. While more than 98 percent of children in America can safely enjoy peanuts and peanut-containing foods, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; sometimes managing food allergies, particularly in schools, can be an emotional and contentious issue.

That’s why Florida Peanut Producers Association, which represents all peanut farmers in Florida, is pleased to announce the launch of PeanutAllergyFacts.org, a new website for schools, parents, food service executives and manufacturers. The site offers science-based information about peanut and food allergies and links to resources about effective allergy management in schools and communities.

Ken Barton, executive director of the Florida Peanut Producers Association says, “Florida peanut farmers are proud to grow an affordable, nutritious food that families count on every day. While most Americans can safely enjoy peanuts, it’s imperative that we must all be conscientious of the way prepare, share and consume food. Peanut farmers across America take food allergies very seriously and we are committed to finding a solution and to educating others about peanut allergy facts.”

The new website emerged from consumer research conducted in 2013 by The Bantam Group. Findings from the online research study, which surveyed 2,000 caregivers of children, revealed significant misconceptions about food allergies and allergy management, such as:

A significant misconception surrounding the prevalence of peanut allergies. Study participants perceived peanut allergies to affect 24 percent of the total U.S. population – or 40 times the rate reported by the National Institutes of Health (which says that 0.6 percent of Americans have a true peanut allergy).
Many people are self-diagnosing food allergies, or turning to those without allergy expertise and appropriate credentials;
Only 52 percent of households with a self-reported peanut allergy keep epinephrine on hand to treat an allergic reaction; and 70 percent of people believe incorrectly that simply being near a peanut can trigger a life-threatening reaction.

To date, peanut farmers across the state and across the country have committed more than $10 million of their income to food allergy research, outreach and education through the National Peanut Board.
For additional resources and information about managing food and peanut allergies in your community, contact Florida Peanut Producers Association at www.flpeanuts.com or visit www.PeanutAllergyFacts.org

The AL/FL Peanut Trade Show Set For February 12, 2015

The AL/FL Peanut Trade Show will be held Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds located on Highway 231 South of Dothan, AL.

Sponsored by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association and the Florida Peanut Producers Association, the one day event offers farmers the opportunity to view the products and services of more than 75 exhibitors.  The show opens at 8:30 am central time followed by a catered lunch at 12 noon.  The afternoon’s events include a seed and production seminar.

“We invite and encourage all peanut farmers to attend this year’s Peanut Trade Show,” said Ken Barton, executive director of the Florida Peanut Producers Association.  “It’s a great opportunity for farmers to see the latest, most up-to-date advances in peanut production and harvesting equipment and visit with vendors that provide products and services to peanut farmers.  The afternoon seminars will provide current information that will be helpful as you make plans for the 2015 production year.”

Thousands of dollars in door prizes will be offered.  Cash prizes, gift cards, peanut seed, a shotgun, trip to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and many more.  Kelley Manufacturing Co. is offering as a Grand Door Prize the use of a new 6 Row Peanut Combine, on the winner’s farm, for the 2015 peanut harvesting season, (valued at $15,000), with the option of purchasing the combine through an authorized KMC dealer with $15,000 off the list price. In lieu of the 6 Row Combine the winner can choose the use of another KMC Peanut Harvest Implement with a 10% discount off of the list price for purchase. These discounts are non-transferrable. The winner must be certified as a peanut grower with an FSA farm number, and must be present to win.

For more information please contact the Florida Peanut Producers Association office at 850-526-2590.