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News In a Nutshell | August 31, 2021

Tune in to The Peanut Podcast

The National Peanut Board is excited to announce the release of The Peanut Podcast. Join NPB Staff hosts Lauren Highfill Williams and Lindsay Stevens once a month as they delve into issues that are important to peanut growers and industry staff with interviews from key grower and industry members. You might even hear a familiar voice or two. The podcast will explore hot topics and future trends impacting the industry, including agriculture, sustainability, nutrition, allergies, culture, consumers and more. 


The Peanut Podcast is available to stream on all major platforms. An introductory episode is available to listen to right now and stay tuned for the first full length episode—The Peanut Allergy Journey—which launches September 21, 2021. Don’t forget to subscribe and reach out to let us know what you want to hear about. Click here to access on Apple Podcast, or search “The National Peanut Board” on your favorite podcast streaming platform.


Grow Your Own Adorable Peanut on Tik Tok

In May the National Peanut Board introduced the first activation in a year-long consumer campaign to encourage young millennials and Gen Z to grow peanuts. The Grow It Yourself Greetings promotion centered around a partnership with Instagram influencer Christopher Griffin, aka @PlanktKween, and provided inspiration to start a container garden with peanuts. 


The second activation in the series allows TikTok users to experience the joy of growing your own peanuts too. Targeting a younger demographic, a branded effect in the app gives Gen-Z and young millennials, or anyone with a TikTok account, a taste of what it feels like to plant, nurture, and grow peanuts…virtually. 


As part of the game, users can help their little peanut grow by doing poses signifying sun, water and love. TikTok Creators are amplifying the effect by showing their followers how to use it and encouraging them to try it for themselves. You don’t have to share your efforts to play the game, but if you do use #growpeanuts to join in the fun. 


Learn more about the activation on the National Peanut Board website and try to grow your own virtual peanut.


National Peanut Board Supports Young Peanut Researchers

Earlier this summer, the National Peanut Board (NPB) sponsored several competitions for students of peanut research whose awards were presented during the American Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES) meeting.


“Production research is invaluable to our industry and we’re proud to support the next generation of peanut researchers,” said NPB Research Committee Chair and Arkansas peanut grower Greg Baltz. “The variety of issues these students are studying, including genomics work, is exciting and will have an impact on farmers for years to come.”


The 4th Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition, sponsored by the National Peanut Board, attracted 16 participants from 7 universities and 3 countries.  The Winner is April Skipper (The University of Georgia) for “Evaluating Sampling Methods for Two Rootworm Pests, Diabrotica undecimpunctata and Diabrotica balteata, and Determining Their Relative Abundance in Georgia Peanut Fields.”  Second place was awarded to Benjamin Aigner (The University of Georgia). 


The 34th Annual Joe Sugg Graduate Student Competition expanded this year from one competition to two--PhD. and M.S. divisions. Sole sponsor from year one, the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association and new co-sponsor National Peanut Board joined forces to ensure both divisions receive the same cash award. The move saw an exponential growth in the number of competitors--a record 43 students from 11 universities and 5 countries. 


The Grand Prize Winner of the Joe Sugg Award-PhD. Division competition was Cassandra Newman (North Carolina State University) who presented her research, “Genomic Characterization of North Carolina State University’s Germplasm and Breeding Lines”. Second Place  went to Alan Peper (The University of Georgia) and his research, “Survey, Isolate and Apply Calcite Dissolving Bacteria as a New Form of Calcium Source”. Third Place went to Marco Goyzueta (University of Florida) for his research, “Utilizing QTLseq Pipeline to Identify Genetic Regions Linked to the Black Pod Trait”. 


The Grand Prize Winner of the  Joe Sugg Award-M.S. Division competition was Jessica Bell (The University of Georgia) who presented her research, “Sensitivity of Athelia rolfsii from Commercial Peanut Fields in Georgia to Tebuconazole and Flutolanil”. Second Place went to Kenyanna Taylor (Valdosta State University) and her research, “Effect of Mixing Elemental Sulfur with Demethylation Inhibitors (DMI) And Quinone Outside Inhibitors (Qoi) On the Management Of Late Leaf Spot (Nothopassalora Personta) and Rust (Puccinia Arachidis) Of Peanut (Arachis Hypogaea)”. Third Place went to Raegan Holt (The University of Georgia) for her research, “Screening Various Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Genotypes for Aflatoxin Contamination Using in vitro Seed Colonization of Aspergillus flavus”. 


To date, NPB has allocated more than $37 million to production research projects.


Brands and manufactures of all sizes often have questions and concerns about managing allergens, specifically peanut, in their facilities, especially as of late with the FDA recognizing sesame as a major allergen. To help, the National Peanut Board (NPB) has partnered with the renowned Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP) to create “Controlling Peanut Ingredients in Food Processing Facilities,” a free, downloadable roadmap for processors to develop and implement allergen control plans, with a specific focus on controlling peanut ingredients.


To complement the guide, NPB hosted a webinar in conjunction with FARRP. NPB consultant Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD and assistant professor at FARRP, Melanie Downs, PhD explained the basics of food allergies and best practices for allergen management, including hazard analysis, supply chain controls, ingredient receiving, storage and handling, preventing cross-contact during processing, labeling and packaging controls, allergen changeovers, and precautionary allergen labeling. Then, viewers had the opportunity to hear from representatives from the Hershey Company, Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter Company and Mission MightyMe on how and why they include peanuts in their products.


To view our guide or the recording of our webinar, click here.


Peanut Leadership Academy Applications Open Up

Applications are now being accepted for Class XII of the Peanut Leadership Academy (PLA). PLA is a cooperative effort between grower organizations and agricultural extension that aims to provide intensive training opportunities, develop and improve leadership skills and understanding.


The two-year long program is structured to give participants a thorough understanding of the U.S. peanut industry through approximately 20 days of participating in field trips, meetings with industry leadership and professional development training. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.


To apply, peanut growers, as well as sheller representatives, must derive their livelihood from farming and currently produce peanuts, preferably be between the ages of 22 and 45 and provide a completed application. While there isn’t a fee to participate, candidates are expected to cover local transportation to and from meetings, as well as occasional meals.


The National Peanut Board (NPB) sponsors two diversity seats in each PLA class. Previous NPB seats have been held by Blaire Colvin of Florida, Lexi Floyd of Texas, Dexter Gilbert of Florida, Jan Jones of Georgia, Mikaela Massey of Florida, Meredith Rogers of Georgia and Antron Williams of South Carolina.


For more information or to download an application, click here.


Back to School Peanut Butter Recipes

Summer is coming to an end and now it is time to get geared up for the school year. Whether school is virtual or in person, everyone still needs to eat! We know kiddos love delicious meals and snacks. Not only do kids (and parents!) love the taste of peanut butter, a two-tablespoon serving has 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of filling fiber to help power through each day.

We prepared some recipes for you to try! Click the links below for awesome school peanut butter recipes: 


National Peanut Board Calendar for  

September 1 - 30, 2021

SNA Webinar with The Peanut Institute (Virtual)

September 8

North Carolina Peanut Growers Field Day   (Lewiston Woodville, NC)

September 9

National Black Growers Council Model Farm Tour (Tanner, AL)

September 17

First Episode of The Peanut Podcast

September 21

FAACT Industry Summit (Virtual)

September 22-23
Plains Peanut Festival (Plains, GA)September 25 

AAFP Family Medicine Conference (Virtual) 

September 28-October 2 

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