Time was, with a strong government support program and strict quota system, marketing peanuts was pretty much a no-brainer. Folks grew them and sold them for a price established by law well before harvest.

Sweeping changes included in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, however, makes peanut marketing almost as important as production.

That’s why the Western Peanut Growers Association will sponsor three marketing seminars today and tomorrow. Growers can attend a 12-noon meeting at the Brownfield, Texas, American Legion Hall or a 7:00 p.m. meeting at the K & S Steak Place in Seminole today. Growers also have an opportunity tomorrow at Lamesa. That meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Dawson County Community Center.

“We want to help growers understand this new program,” says Robbie Blount, executive director of Western Peanut Growers Association. “Peanut farmers will get the latest information available from the Farm Service Agency.”

Blount says producers have asked about government payments, warehouse receipts and other issues in peanut marketing.

“We want to explore the A to Z of FSA peanut forms, requirements, payments and timing,” she says. “We’ll also go through the marketing loan process and calculations and the cooperative marketing alternatives.”

“Marshall Lamb, with the National Peanut Laboratory in Dawson, Georgia, also will discuss marketing options,” Blount says.

Other speakers include Kathy Sayers and Kirk Goodman, both with the Texas FSA office, and Dan Hunter, manager of Southwestern Peanut Growers Cooperative Marketing Association.

Blount says area shellers also are invited to participate in the seminars.

e-mail: rsmith@primediabusiness.com