The U.S. peanut industry faces numerous challenges as growers prepare to put the 2016 crop in the ground, says Ron Sholar, Executive Director, Oklahoma Peanut Commission.
“Some say storm clouds hover over the industry. But sometimes it seems like the storm is already over us,” Sholar said as he welcomed producers, university researchers and Extension specialists, and peanut industry representatives to the annual Oklahoma Peanut Expo held recently in Altus, Okla.
“The peanut industry has changed a lot over the years,” he says, “but we’re all still interested in peanuts. We are still trying to address the issues that affect the industry.”
He says bringing in some of the most knowledgeable people in peanuts is one way to deal with production, demand, and regulatory issues. The latest Expo featured well-respected peanut broker, George Lovatt, and National Peanut Board President and CEO Bob Parker, as well as respected scientists from Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M AgriLife and industry leaders to join some of the best peanut producers in the country.
Here are a few images from the 2016 Oklahoma Peanut Expo.