The 13th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference is scheduled for July 21-23, at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla., with a theme this year of “Windows of Opportunity.”

As has come to be expected each year, this conference offers an agenda tailored for peanut producers, with opportunities for learning more about legislative issues, peanut research and promotions.

Registration for the meeting will begin on Thursday, July 21, at 1 p.m., lasting until 6:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Beach Resort Conference Center.

The hospitality room and refreshments will be compliments of Southern Peanut Growers with grilled PB&J’s compliments of the National Peanut Buying Points Association. At 6:30 p.m., room registration will move to the Edgewater Beach Resort Information Center.

A welcoming reception hosted by Bayer CropScience will be held beginning at 7 p.m. followed by a Welcoming Dinner from 7:30 until 10 p.m. The theme will be “A Night at the Casino — A Window of Opportunity for Tornado Relief Efforts.”

On Friday, July 22, beginning at 7 a.m.,Valent and Ag Leader Technology will host a prayer breakfast. This will be followed by the Valor Award presentation.

The general sessions, beginning at 8:15 a.m. on Monday will be as follows:

General Session I — The Marketplace: The Truth about the 2010 Crop, Jim Leek, JLA; Dealing with the 2010 Crop, Jim Fenn, Olam Peanut Products; World Hunger, Mark Moore, MANA Corporation; and The Future of Ag Trade, Daniel Whitney, USDA Foreign Ag Service.

General Session II, beginning at 9:45 a.m., will be themed, Production Agriculture & the Land Grant System, with the following panel of speakers, William Batchelor, Auburn University; Scott Angle, University of Georgia; Joseph Joyce, University of Florida; and George Hopper, Mississippi State University.

General Session II also will feature an “Ask the Experts” panel of speakers, including the following: Weed Management, Jay Ferrell, University of Florida and Eric Prostko, University of Georgia; Disease Management, Nick Dufault, University of Florida and Tim Brenneman, University of Georgia; Insect Management, Jay Chapin, Clemson University and David Adams, University of Georgia; Agronomics, Mike Howell, Mississippi State University and Kris Balkcom, Auburn University; and Soil Fertility/Cropping Systems, Glen Harris, University of Georgia and Scott Tubbs, University of Georgia.

A lunch buffet will be sponsored by BASF and will feature, “Celebrating Agriculture — Michelle Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters Corporation.

General Session III

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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