Oklahoma Peanut EXPO

 “Premier Peanut Event for 2016” set for March 24 in Altus

ALTUS, Okla. - The 2016 Peanut EXPO will be held March 24 at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus.  Attendees will hear from a group of peanut experts who will provide updates on everything from variety and market type selection to marketing and industry outlook. 

“It’s a great opportunity to learn from and speak with leading experts in the field and to interact with other peanut producers and industry members,” said Ron Sholar, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission. “This will be the premier peanut education and training event in the region for 2016.”

Oklahoma Peanut EXPO is a joint effort of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission, Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA Risk Management Agency, the National Peanut Board, and cooperating partners in the peanut industry.  Lunch is provided by meeting sponsors from industry and there is no cost to attend.

George Lovatt, a well-known peanut broker from Roswell, Georgia will bring the group up to date on peanut market outlook for 2016.  Sholar says, “No one knows the industry better than George.  He understands the forces affecting US and global supply and demand for peanuts and anyone growing or who is associated with peanuts in the southwest should be interested in what he has to share.”

According to John Damicone, OSU Extension Plant Pathologist and a presenter on peanut disease control, attendees will hear from several others who will provide key updates.  Damicone says, “Dr. Todd Baughman, OSU Extension Weed Specialist will cover peanut weed control and researchers from the USDA/ARS Center for Peanut Improvement in Stillwater will discuss their work and latest results.  Dr. Kelly Chamberlin will discuss high-oleic peanut varieties being developed for the southwest and Dr. Rebecca Bennett will discuss disease resistance evaluation of varieties and advanced breeding lines. “The peanut industry is excited about new varieties with improved yield, quality, and disease resistance released from Dr. Chamberlin’s breeding program” Damicone says.

Dr. Jason Woodward, Extension Plant Pathologist, Texas A&M AgriLife, who also doubles as Peanut Extension Specialist in Texas, will cover the latest in best management practices for peanuts.

Peanut EXPO will kick off with registration and exhibits opening at 9am with the program starting at 9:50am and ending at 2:30pm.

According to Damicone, “Peanut EXPO provides an opportunity for attendees to visit with industry representatives who supply the equipment, products and services needed to produce the crop.” 

Anyone wanting additional information about the March 24th event should contact Damicone by email at john.damicone@okstate.edu or by phone at 405-743-7968 or Sholar by email at okpeanutcomm@aol.com or by phone at 405-780-0113. 

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