The 2018 Southern Peanut Growers Conference is celebrating 20 years this week, July 19-21 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida. The gathering brings together peanut farmers and industry partners from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.
The three-day event provides farmers with information about peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions. In addition to the conference sessions, the event features family activities and a golf tournament. Farmers are also able to visit with many of the conference sponsors throughout the event.
Georgia Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler helped to organize the first conference 20 years ago with his counterparts in Alabama and Florida. “I’m excited that this conference has grown and happy that we’ve seen 20 years of success,” said Koehler.
Among the timely topics that will be addressed at the conference is the 2018 farm bill and House Agriculture Committee member Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) will be attending to provide farmers with an update.
In this interview, Koehler provides look back on 20 years of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and a preview of this year’s conference this week. Interview with Don Koehler, Ga Peanut Commission