A new Farm Press Publications Web page micro site showcases the Peanut Profitability Award, a combination awards and education program now in its fifth year.

The site, available at: http://www.industryclick.com/Microsites/Index.asp?pageid=9174&srid=11842&magazineid=19&siteid=5Spec or either southeastfarmpress.com or southwestfarmpress.com, will provide detailed updates on the program and brief bios of winners. Farmers interested in entering the competition will find an entry form at the site.

“We’ll also use this site to highlight some of the educational materials we develop as part of this program,” says Paul Hollis, editor of Southeast Farm Press.

Currently, the site includes brief bios of winners from 2000 (the inaugural class for the award) through 2003. Winners for 2004 will be announced at the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation annual meeting in Panama City, Fla., July 20.

“We’re extremely proud of this awards and education program,” says Farm Press publisher Greg Frey. “This new internet site gives us an opportunity to showcase our winners and provide a base for information about the program.”

Farm Press started the award in 2000 as a means of recognizing peanut farmers in three production regions, the Southwest, the Southeast and the Virginia/Carolina area, for efficient production.

“Changes in the decades-old peanut support program forced producers to take hard looks at their cropping systems and to look for ways to improve profit potential,” Hollis says. “We want to identify and recognize growers who produce peanuts efficiently and develop editorial content that provides all growers with the latest in research and innovation.”

The awards are based on production efficiency, honoring growers who produce the highest yields at the lowest cost per acre. The program is open to growers from the Southeast Region, including Alabama, Georgia and Florida; the Virginia-Carolina Region, including Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the Southwest Region, including Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Each year winners receive an expenses-paid trip for two to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City, Fla., set for July 18-20, 2004. They also receive limited-edition, signed and numbered prints from noted watercolor artist Jack DeLoney.

Special Peanut Profitability issues of Southeast Farm Press and Southwest Farm Press carry feature articles detailing the winners’ production programs.

In addition to Farm Press, corporate sponsors include: Bayer CropScience (Folicur and Temik), Sipcam Agro, John Deere, U.S. Borax, Golden Peanut Company and the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.

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