TIFTON — The 37th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and conference was held in Tifton Thursday at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. A total of 1,800 people came out to the event. Armond Morris of Irwin County and chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission welcomed attendees to the event. Special guests included Zippy Duvall, president of the Georgia Farm Bureau; Jody Redding with Senator Johnny Isakson’s office; Debbie Cannon with Senator Saxby Chambliss’ office; and Don Koehler, GPC executive director. Morris told the large crowd, “The Georgia Peanut Commission is proud to work on your behalf in the areas of research, promotion, education, communication and legislation. Throughout this past year, many individuals have worked hard for the peanut industry and today we have chosen to honor them.” Pictured above are the winners of various awards. Morris is pictured presenting the Georgia Peanut Farm Show awards to Distinguished Service Award winner Jack Chastain, president of Doster Warehouse; Media Award winner Douglas Enterprise (Luke Roberts accepted the award on the company’s behalf); Special Award winner Dr. Tim Williams, University of Georgia Peanut CRSP; Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award winner James Hitchcock Jr. of Washington County; and Research & Education Award winner Dr. William Branch, University of Georgia peanut breeder.
Bennie Branch, president of Kelley Manufacturing Co., presents the Georgia Peanut Farm Show Grand Door Prize to Ken Moore of Blakely and Keith Wynn of Ocilla Thursday at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. Moore received a season’s use of a KMC peanut combine and Wynn received a season’s use of KMC peanut inverter.