The Oklahoma Peanut Expo, scheduled March 21 at the Quartz Mountain Resort near Lone Wolf, Okla., will feature market and legislative updates as well as production tips and the latest on research and genetics.

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) Chairman of the House Ag Committee, has been invited to discuss the recently passed farm bill, says Mike Kubicek, Executive Secretary, Oklahoma Peanut Commission. The Chairman has not been confirmed, Kubicek said, but “the House is not in session on that date and his staff is working to get him to the Expo.

“We've got a great program lined up this year,” he said.

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Tyron Spearman, Tifton, Ga., will emcee the conference and offer a market outlook for 2014.

Other scheduled topics include: peanut variety tests and disease evaluations from 2013; an update on OL’e Spanish peanut; a presentation on “The Perfectly Powerful Peanut” by National Peanut Board delegate Gayle White, Frederick, Okla., and Cathy Johnson with the National Peanut Board in Atlanta.

Home-grown Bart Fischer, (from Frederick) chief economist for the House Committee on Agriculture, will discuss “Peanuts in the farm bill.”

Production updates will include weed resistance and disease management. And a research associate from the Noble Foundation will discuss one of southwest agriculture’s worst pest problems, feral hogs.

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