On January 29, 2019, the Texas Peanut Producers Board (TPPB) successfully hosted the first Organic Peanut Production Seminar at the Reddy Vineyard Event Center in Brownfield, Texas.
Bob Whitney, Peanut Specialist for TPPB and event organizer said about the meeting, “Overall, it was a great success with approximately 83 attendees representing 93,972 acres of total farmland, of which 10,722 acres consisted of organic peanuts.”
The day-long event offered producers and industry representatives the opportunity to hear from speakers in all areas of peanut production, such as crop consultant Dr. Justin Tuggle, Mark Gregory with IPG, Steve Cavitt with TDA, Ryan Lepicier with the National Peanut Board, Ben Johnson with J.M. Smucker Co., TPPB Executive Director Shelly Nutt, and a Grower Panel featuring organic peanut producers
This meeting came at an opportune time as organic production is steadily rising along with consumer demand. As Shelly Nutt said, “The West Texas area has developed a great reputation for their peanuts and are known worldwide for their outstanding quality in the organic market.” Because of this, area producers are beginning to take an interest in organic production, and the Seminar met this imperative educational need. By addressing concerns such as organic weed and disease control and organic production’s high expenses, the Texas Peanut Producers Board was able to definitively inform and equip attendees to further their cultivation practices in regards to organic peanut production.
With that being said, we believe that the future of organic peanut production is bright, and we are so thankful to be a part of it.