Hot Topics Seminar Focuses on Advancements in Integrative Precision Agriculture for Enhanced Peanut Production and Processing

The 35th annual Georgia Peanut Tour kicked off with a Hot Topics seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Cloud Livestock Pavilion in Bainbridge, Georgia. The seminar provided an update on the 2023 peanut crop as well as an update on the farm bill and other legislative activities that can have an impact on the peanut industry. Each year the seminar also highlights some of the latest hot topics happening in the industry and this year’s special focus included advancements in integrative precision agriculture for enhanced peanut production and processing.  The speakers provided an overview of the University of Georgia FoodPIC Center and the USDA Peanut Germplasm Collection as well as information on irrigation technologies and precision agriculture in peanut production.

Click on the links below to view the speaker presentations.

Novel Technologies in Peanut Processing – Dr. Jim Gratzek, director of UGA’s Food Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC)

USDA Peanut Germplasm Collection at the UGA Griffin Campus Genebank – Dr. Shyam Tallury, Peanut Curator at the USDA-ARS Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit

New Peanut Irrigation Technologies – Dr. Wes Porter, University of Georgia Associate Professor and Extension Specialist covering Precision Agriculture and Irrigation

Precision Agricultural Management Systems – Dr. George Vellidis, University of Georgia Professor

Strategies to Improve Peanut Production – Dr. Cris Pilon, University of Georgia Assistant Professor in Row Crops Physiology

Precision Agriculture in Peanut Production – Dr. Simer Virk, University of Georgia Assistant Professor and Extension Precision Ag Specialist

Update on the 2023 Georgia Peanut Crop – Dr. Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Extension Peanut Agronomist

Washington and Farm Bill Update – Dr. Stanley Fletcher, policy professor at Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College’s Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation


View the 2023 Georgia Peanut Tour Photo Album.