Highlights of the 47th Annual Meeting

July 14-16, 2015 * Charleston, SC

     Thank you for supporting the 2015 Annual Meeting, our largest meeting in almost 10 years.  The outstanding program and Charleston venue drew 370 attendees (241 registrants, 84 spouses, 45 children).  Scientists from every U.S. peanut producing state and 16 countries presented 137 scientific papers.  The largest number of universities (second largest number of participants) competed in our Joe Sugg Graduate Student Competition.  The General Session and the Peanut Post Harvest Quality Symposium were standing room room only.  Fun and fellowship were in great supply at the Peanut Trivia Contest, Ice Cream Social, receptions and dinners.  A huge thanks to the APRES Board of Directors, Annual Meeting Program Committee, and our  great group of sponsors who made this all possible!

2015-16 Board Elected


Tom Stalker, North Carolina State University
Corley Holbrook, USDA-ARS
Past President:
Naveen Puppala, New Mexico State University


Marshall Lamb, USDA/ARS
Darlene Cowart, Birdsong Peanuts
Peter Dotray, Texas Tech University
Jim Elder, The J.M. Smucker Company
David Jordan, North Carolina State University
Wilson Faircloth, Syngenta
Barry Tillman, University of Florida
Howard Valentine, Peanut Foundation
Dan Ward, National Peanut Board

A huge thanks to outgoing Board members Tim Brenneman, Keith Rucker, Noelle Barkley for their support and


Wednesday Night Reception & Dinner
Bayer CropScience
BASF Corporation

Awards Reception
Dow AgroSciences

Spouses Hospitality Suite
South Carolina Peanut Board

Meeting Breaks
Birdsong Peanuts
Olam Edible Nuts
Fine Americas, Inc.

Ice Cream Social
Golden Peanut & Tree Nuts
Nichino America
United Phosphorus Inc.
U.S. Gypsum
Valley Irrigation

Joe Sugg Graduate Student Competition
North Carolina Peanut Growers Association

Fun Run
JLA, International
National Peanut Board

Registration Bags & Product Donations
South Carolina Peanut Board
Romer Labs
Verdesian Life Sciences
Aranex Biotech
Georgia Peanut Commission
Hampton Farms
Severn Peanut Company
Charleston Convention & Visitors Board
South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Ft. Sumter Tours
South Carolina Aquarium
Frothy Beard Brewing Company

Peanut Snacks
Alabama Peanut Producers Association
Bell Plantation
Florida Peanut Producers Association
Georgia Peanut Commission
Hampton Farms
Hershey’s Chocolate
Hormel Foods
Kraft Foods/Planters
Lord Nut Levington
Mars Chocolate
Mississippi Peanut Growers Association
National Peanut Board
North Carolina Peanut Growers Association
Severn Peanut Company
The J.M. Smucker Company
South Carolina Peanut Board
Texas Peanut Producers Board
Virginia Peanut Growers Association

Professional Recognition & Awards

Fellow of the Society

Dr. Robert Kemerait, University of Georgia

was elected to Fellow of the Society at the 2015 meeting.

Coyt T. Wilson
Distinguished Service Award

Mr. Howard Valentine
American Peanut Council
Peanut Foundation

Bailey Award

Best Paper of the 2014 Annual Meeting was awarded to:

Josh Clevenger, University of Georgia
Drs. Peggy Ozias-Akins, Yufang Guo, UGA

Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Detection in Cultivated Peanut Using the Diploid Wild Progenitor Reference Genomes

Dow AgroSciences Award – Research

Charles Simpson, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Dow AgroSciences Award-Education

Jay Chapin, Clemson University

Joe Sugg Graduate Student Competition

First Place
Claire Klevorn, North Carolina State University
Variation in O/L Ratio Demonstrated among High-Oleic Spanish-type peanuts

Second Place
Jake Fountain, University of Georgia
Potential Roles of Environmental Oxidative Stress in Aflatoxin Production Revealed in the Aspergillus flavus Transcriptome

2016 Annual Meeting

July 12-14
Hilton Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach, FL

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