Wrap up of the 2013 annual meeting of the American Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES)

The 45th Annual Meeting of the American Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES) was held July 9-11, 2013 at the Brasstown Valley Resort near Young Harris, GA. Outgoing APRES President Ames Herbert (Virginia Tech) presided over the very well attended meeting of approximately 250 individuals, including 181 members, 53 spouses/guests and 40 children.

Technical Program Chairman Scott Tubbs (UGA) arranged more than 90 presentations by peanut scientists from around the world. Highlights of the program included opening addresses by Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black; Dean and Director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Scott Angle; and Executive Director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, Don Koehler. Two symposia, the first addressing the “Historic Advancements for Yield Gain in Peanut”, in which UGA Professor and Extension Peanut Agronomist Emeritus Frank McGill gave a tremendous and well received opening presentation on the early years (1950-1980) of yield advancements and challenges, along with more recent data on breeding, genomics, and production tools and technology from Drs. John Beasley, Tim Brenneman, Corley Holbrook, Carroll Johnson, Peggy Ozias-Akins, Brenda Ortiz, and Tom Stalker. The second symposium focused on “Recent Developments on US and International Peanut Markets” with presentations by APC President Patrick Archer, Kris Lut, President, Golden Peanut; Don Koehler (GCCP); Bill George, USDA Foreign Agriculture Service Oilseeds Economist; and Jon Moore of J.R.J. Brokerage.  All of the speakers were very positive about the outlook of future growth for U.S. peanuts worldwide.

Another highlight of the APRES meeting is the annual Joe Sugg Graduate Student Competition. Twelve M.S. and Ph.D. degree students gave outstanding presentations. This year’s competition  winners are: First Place – Abraham Fulmer of the University of Georgia (Dr. Bob Kemerait, major professor) “Evaluation of Peanut Rx to Predict Epidemics of Early and Late Leaf Spot” and Second Place – Peter Eure, also of the University of Georgia (Dr. Eric Prostko, major professor) “Developing Pyroxasulfone for Use in Peanut”.

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