You may have heard, peanuts are healthy. You probably already knew that, but did you know the health of peanuts depends a lot on sustainable farming practices? Farmers consider themselves the original environmentalists, because their livelihoods depend on the viability of the land. Peanuts are a sustainable crop because of their nitrogen-fixing properties that benefit soil and other crops. Now researchers are recommending that farmers plant sod in rotation with peanuts to further improve the sustainability of the land, and the health of America’s favorite nut.
Hi there--I’m Lindsey, I’m 26 and live in Georgia. While my home state is the top peanut-producer in the US, I had never been to a peanut farm. You probably haven’t either, so when I was lucky enough to go on a trip to a Virginia peanut farm with the National Peanut Board, I thought you’d like to hear about the experience.
Sept. 19, 2016—ATLANTA— United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently appointed three members and three alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2017, and ending Dec. 31, 2019. The members and alternates will be sworn in by USDA at the quarterly National Peanut Board Meeting Dec. 6-7, 2016.
The path to life as a farmer is unique for National Peanut Board At-large member Eileen Jordan of Rayville, Louisiana. She began both her career as a dental hygienist and her marriage to former NPB Chairman Vic Jordan in 1980 and transitioned into a full-time life as a farmer in 2014.
APRIL 5, 2016--ATLANTA –Members of the National Peanut Board met for a Grower Listening Session and information exchange with peanut producers from the Oklahoma Peanut Commission and researchers from the Oklahoma USDA Research Facility during the quarterly board meeting March 29 and 30 in Oklahoma City.
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