The latest class of the Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards winners took on vastly different challenges in 2013 to produce good yields at the lowest cost possible to earn a spot among the nation’s most elite peanut growers.
From bone-dry in the Southwest to flooding in the Southeast, this year’s honorees persevered through opposite extremes of weather conditions. They also represented a cross-section of generations from just a few years of experience to decades of peanut production.
This year’s award winners include: Southwest Region — Isaac, John and George Guenther, Gaines County, Texas; Lower Southeast Region — Owen Yoder, Orrville, Ala.; and Upper Southeast Region — Billy Bain, Dinwiddie, Va.
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The awards were presented on July 26, in Panama City, Fla., as part of the 16th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference. Producers from each growing region of the U.S. Peanut Belt were honored for their production efficiency during an awards breakfast that has been a highlight of the meeting since its inception.
“This year marks the 15th class of winning Peanut Profitability Award growers, and each class continues to impress with their innovate techniques of improving profitability and bottom-line profits,” said Greg Frey, publisher of Farm Press. “When you say that a farmer is the recipient of the Peanut Profitability Award, you know you are standing in the presence of greatness.”
Marshall Lamb, research leader for the National Peanut Research Laboratory and advisor for the Peanut Profitability Award Program, thanked the winning growers for submitting their nominations this year.