The UF/IFAS Hamilton County Extension Office will be hosting a peanut production meeting for interested peanut producers from Hamilton and surrounding counties on February 26, 2018 at the Extension Office in Jasper, Florida. This year the meeting will begin at 5:00pm with an optional pesticide safety training for producers who possess a restricted use pesticide license interested in receiving one core continuing education unit (CEU). Mr. Bryan Smithey and Mr. Joseph Moody from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bureau of Compliance Monitoring have agreed to present an update and discuss agriculture producer’s responsibilities when applying restricted use pesticides. A sponsored supper courtesy of Suwannee River Peanut, McCleskey Mills, and R. L. Cunningham & Sons will begin at 6:00pm with the peanut meeting following. Meeting topics this year will include peanut nematode management, managing foliar and soil born diseases, replanting decisions, and a UF/IFAS peanut enterprise budget update. Presenters will include Dr. Zane Grabau (UF/IFAS Extension Nematologist), Dr. Nicholas Dufault (UF/IFAS Plant Pathology), Dr. Scott Tubbs (UGA Crop and Soil Science), and Dr. Kevin Athearn (UF/IFAS Regional Specialized Agent, Rural and Agribusiness Development). Updates from Kathryn Driver (County Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Suwannee/Hamilton/Lafayette), Cliff Starling (Environmental Specialist, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), and Ben Glass (Project Manager, Agriculture and Environmental Projects, Suwannee River Water Management District) will also be given on USDA farm programs, agriculture water use issues, and cost share opportunities. Please contact the Hamilton County Extension Office with any questions or concerns.
2018 Hamilton County Peanut Production Meeting