Japanese Peanut buyers toured the Tri-state area the last week of September. They toured peanut processing facilities in Donalsonville, Georgia, a peanut buying point near Dothan, Alabama and, in between, stopped at Larry Ford’s Farm in Jackson County to see peanuts being harvested. This was particularly special because in 2006 Larry Ford and Michael Davis represented the Peanut Industry as members of a tour to Japan to help develop the export market there. On Thursday September 27 a delegation of Japanese peanut buyers returned the favor and came to see his farm in person. The demand for peanuts has grown to the point that Japan is now the 4th largest importer of US grown peanuts.
See more in the news story created by Kelsey Peck with WMBB Channel 13 news: