LUBBOCK, Texas – A look ahead at peanuts will be the focus of an upcoming conference, Peanuts: A National Perspective, in Lubbock, March 23. The conference will provide area producers and industry representatives the opportunity for insight into national and statewide peanut trends.

Texas Peanut Producers Board and Texas Cooperative Extension are hosting the free conference, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Lubbock Science Spectrum Exhibit Hall, located at 2579 S. Loop 289.

Featured speakers will include Raffaela Marie R. Fenn, president and managing director of the National Peanut Board, discussing the national promotions campaign. Marshall Lamb, agricultural economist with the USDA-ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory in Dawson, Ga., will address the new peanut market and marketing options. John Baldwin, Extension peanut specialist from Tifton, Ga., will talk about production and acreage trends in the Southeast. Stanley Fletcher, coordinator for the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness at the University of Georgia, will present a recently released national peanuts and peanut butter consumption report.

In addition, Texas Cooperative Extension experts, Chip Lee, Peter Dotray and Todd Baughman will provide production updates on diseases, weeds, and agronomics. Congressman Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas and Congressman Charlie Stenholm, D- Texas, are also scheduled to provide legislative updates.

Sponsors for the event include Southwest Shellers Association, Gustafson, J. Leek Associates, Inc., Crop Docs Research and Consulting and Western Peanut Growers Association.

Registration is free and will begin at 8:30 a.m., lunch will be provided and CEU’s will be awarded. For more information, contact TPPB’s office at 806-687-6363.

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