Following lunch, General Session III begins with the theme, Financing Agriculture. Topics and speakers include The Budget & Agricultural Financing, Rick Snyder, AgriCredit; Credit & the Next Farm Bill, Camp Powers, First South Farm Credit; and Farm Planning & Financing, Marshall Lamb, USDA ARS, National Peanut Research Lab.

The Southern Peanut Growers Conference continues on Saturday, July 22, with registration beginning at 6:45 a.m. and the Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards Breakfast and Grower Panel sponsored by the National Peanut Board set for 7 a.m.

The awards will be presented this year to Kreg Freeman, Lower Southeast Region; Cornelius Enns, Southwest Region; and Vic Swenson, Upper Southeast Region.

Sponsors of the Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards include Southeast Farm Press, Southwest Farm Press, Delta Farm Press, Arysta LifeScience, Becker Underwood, Devgen (Enclosure), Golden Peanut Company, John Deere, National Peanut Board, Syngenta, and U.S. Borax.

General Session IV, The Challenges for Agriculture, begins at 8:45 a.m. with the following topics and speakers: Congress & the Freshman Class, Congressman Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn.;

The Budget Dilemma, Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau Federation; Congress & the Farm Bill, Jennifer Warren, Office of U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.; Ben Mosley, Office of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; and Peanuts & the Farm Bill, Bob Redding, The Redding Firm.

Beginning at 7 p.m. a reception, dinner and entertainment will be sponsored by Syngenta.

The 2011 Southern Peanut Growers Conference is presented by Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association, Georgia Peanut Commission, and Mississippi Peanut Growers Association

Register online at: http://www.southernpeanutfarmers.org. For hotel reservations, call Edgewater Beach Resort at 1-800-874-8686 or http://www.edgewaterbeachresort.com (when making your hotel reservations, please ask for the Southern Peanut Growers Conference rate or enter code 10001F.Rates apply to the following properties: Edgewater Beach Resort, Majestic Beach Resort & Emerald Beach).

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