The twenty-ninth annual Georgia Peanut Tour will be held Sept. 15-17, 2015, and located out of the Thomasville, Georgia area. The tour brings the latest information on peanuts while providing a first-hand view of industry infrastructure from production and handling to processing and utilization. Tour stops will be made in several peanut producing counties including Thomas, Grady, Decatur, Seminole and Miller.
Attendees can expect to see first-hand nearly every aspect of peanut production in the state. This year’s tour hosts many exciting stops including on-farm field visits, as well as, University of Georgia Attapulgus Research and Education Center, Lewis M. Carter Manufacturing Co. in Donalsonville, and Fudge-Birdsong Peanuts Buying Point and Birdsong Peanuts shelling facility in Colquitt.
One special interest of the tour has always been the Hot Topics on Peanuts Seminar which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. This year’s seminar, held at the Best Western Rose City Conference Center in Thomasville, Georgia, will include speakers providing an update on the 2015 Georgia peanut crop and a special focus on peanut processing and utilization including an overview of the Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC).
The Georgia Peanut Tour is coordinated by the Georgia Peanut Commission, the University of Georgia- Griffin and Tifton Campuses, Southwest Georgia Research & Education Center, Attapulgus Research & Education Center and the USDA/ARS National Peanut Research Lab. The Georgia Peanut Tour blog will cover all aspects of the tour so those not attending may follow along at here.