51st Annual Meeting

July 9-11, 2019 * Auburn, AL

Thank you for supporting the 2019 Annual Meeting.  The outstanding program and Auburn University campus venue drew 352 attendees.  Scientists from every U.S. peanut producing state and 8 countries presented 155 scientific papers (50 posters). 

Karl Zimmer, John Bennett, Chris Liebold and Donald Chase’s thought-provoking panel session on “The Next 50 Years…What Changes/Opportunities/Challenges Do You Foresee in Your Global Peanut Business” generated many questions and dialogue.  The Symposium on “Synergies from U.S. Global Research Partnerships” highlighted the benefits of working together. The Joe Sugg Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition attracted 21 competitors from 7 universities and the Poster Competition drew 13 competitors from 6 universities. 

Fun and fellowship were in great supply for APRES’s 51st Year at the Ice Cream Social, Awards Reception and Celebration Dinner.  And, Aubie, the Auburn tiger mascot entertained attendees.

A huge thanks to the APRES Board of Directors, Annual Meeting Program Committee, and our great group of Sponsors who made this all possible!

2019-20 Board Elected

Barry Tillman, University of Florida

Gary Schwarzlose, Bayer

Past President:
Rick Brandenburg, North Carolina State University

Steve Brown, American Peanut Council
Mark Burow, Texas A&M University
Lisa Dean, USDA/ARS
Chris Liebold, The J.M. Smucker Company
Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia
Nathan Smith, Clemson University
Bob Sutter, NC Peanut Growers Assoc.
Dan Ward, National Peanut Board

A huge thanks to outgoing Board members Darlene Cowart, Marshall Lamb, Peggy Ozias-Akins, Barbara Shew, and Peter Dotray for their support and guidance.

2019 Sponsors

Monday Tour and Dinner
Alabama Peanut Producers Association

Auburn University Peanut Team

Wednesday Night Dinner

Awards Reception

Spouses Hospitality Suite

Meeting Breaks
Birdsong Peanuts

Fine Americas


Ice Cream Social
Golden Peanut & Tree Nuts
National Peanut Buying Points Association
Nichino America
North Carolina Peanut Growers Association
Oklahoma Peanut Commission
The J. M. Smucker Company
U.S. Gypsum
Virginia Peanut Growers Association

Spouses’ Program
American Peanut Council

Joe Sugg Graduate Student Competition
North Carolina Peanut Growers Association

Graduate Student Poster Competition
National Peanut Board

Graduate Student Luncheon
Corteva™ Agriscience

Fun Run
Texas Tech University

Registration Bags & Lanyards
Southern Peanut Farmers Federation

Visjon Biologics

Auburn-Opelika Tourism Board

Peanut Snacks
Alabama Peanut Producers Association

Florida Peanut Producers Association

Georgia Peanut Commission

Hershey’s Chocolate


Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Mississippi Peanut Growers Association

National Peanut Board

North Carolina Peanut Growers Association

The J.M. Smucker Company

South Carolina Peanut Board

Southern Peanut Farmers Federation

Texas Peanut Producers Board

Virginia Peanut Growers Association

Professional Recognition

Fellows of the Society

Michael Baring, Texas A&M University

Peter Dotray, Texas Tech University & Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Barry Tillman, University of Florida

Coyt T. Wilson
Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Timothy Grey, University of Georgia

Bailey Award

Best Paper of the 2018 Annual Meeting was awarded to:

Ye Chu, University of Georgia
and co-authors P. OZIAS-AKINS, Department of Horticulture, University of Georgia, Tifton Campus, Tifton, GA 31793; P. CHEE, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, University of Georgia, Tifton Campus, Tifton, GA 31793; A. CULBREATH, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia, Tifton Campus, Tifton, GA 31793; T. G. ISLEIB, Department of Crop Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695; C. C. HOLBROOK, USDA- Agricultural Research Service, Crop Genetics and Breeding Research Unit, Tifton, GA 31793

for their paper:

Major QTLs for Resistance to Early and Late Leaf Spot Diseases are Identified on Chromosomes 3 and 5 in Peanut (Arachis hypogaea)

Corteva™ Agriscience
Award for Excellence in

Dr. David Bertioli, University of Georgia

APRES Graduate Student Organization

President Sara Beth Pelham (UGA) planned a tour of Auburn University ag and a luncheon with guest speakers Nora Lapitan with USAID and Graeme Wrigth, Peanut Company of Australia discussing potential international job opportunities.

New Officers for 2019-20 is Chandler Levinson (UGA) was elected President; Nick Hurdle (UGA)will serve as President-elect; Kayla Porter volunteered as Social Chairman.

The APRES membership approved adding the President of the APRES GSO as an ex-officio member to the APRES Board of Directors.

Joe Sugg Graduate Student
Oral Presentation Competition

1st PlaceAmanda Kaufman, North Carolina State University
The Influence of Digging Date on Fatty Acid and Tocopherol Expression in Normal and High-Oleic Virginia Peanut Varieties Grown in North Carolina

2nd Place – Caleb Weaver, The University of Georgia
Peanut Seed Germination and Seedling Emergence as Affected by Storage Conditions

3rd Place –Kayla Eason, The University of Georgia
Peanut Response to Sub-Lethal Rates of Dicamba + Glyphosate

National Peanut Board
Graduate Student Poster Competition

1st PlaceAlan Peper, The University of Georgia
Studying Peanut Pod Development within a Controlled Microbial System

2nd PlaceMisbah Munir, Clemson University
A PCR-Based Detection of Nothopassalora personata on Peanut

2020 Annual Meeting

July 14-16, 2020
Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas
Dallas, TX

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