Georgia Peanut Commission increases funding for research
The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) Board of Directors approved $653,901 in research project funding for the 2019-20 research budget year during the commission’s March board meeting. The approved research projects include 35 project proposals submitted from UGA, USDA Agricultural Research Service and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
“We are proud of our partnership with research institutions in the state and are excited about the potential benefits of these projects for farmers in the state and the entire peanut industry,” GPC Research Committee Chairman Donald Chase said. “As a peanut grower, I’m proud to invest in the Georgia Peanut Commission and in the future of the peanut industry by supporting research that continues to demonstrate a return on our investment.”
Georgia’s peanut growers invest $2 per ton annually toward GPC programs, which include research, promotion and education. The research programs primarily focus on peanut breeding, conservation methods, irrigation and water management, pests, weed and disease management.
GPC also manages funding for the Southeastern Peanut Research Initiative which includes research funding of $1,239,098 for projects in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. These projects are funded through National Peanut Board checkoff dollars from farmers.
For more information and a list of the projects funded by the GPC, visit www.gapeanuts.com.