Twenty-three Virginia-North Carolina peanut farmers were honored for top yields in 2001 at the Champions' Nite Out in Raleigh.

Bayer and BASF sponsor the event, in conjunction with the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association, the Virginia Peanut Growers Association, and the Extension Service in each state.

Prior to the awards presentation April 6, growers attended a seminar, where they received a farm bill update, product updates and a message from Meg Scott Phipps, North Carolina commissioner of agriculture.

Jimmy and J.C. Forehand of Chowan County took home North Carolina honors for having the top yield of 5,848 pounds per acre on 59.9 acres. Mike Williams is the county agent.

Brian Atkins of Isle of Wight County won the Virginia honors with 5,190 pounds per acre on 25 acres. Bob Goerger is the county agent.

Other winners in North Carolina included:

Ward Farms, Bertie County, Billy J. Griffin, county agent.

Byrdfield Farms, Bladen County, Michael Shaw, county agent.

Mark Stanaland, Columbus County, Michael Shaw, county agent.

Edwin Stokes, Edgecombe County, Art Bradley, county agent.

Dennis Trotman, Gates County, Paul Smith, county agent.

Jerry Hamill, Halifax County, Arthur Whitehead, county agent.

Charlie B. Sumner, Hertford County, Byron Simmons, county agent.

Ben Cowin, Martin County, Al Cochran, county agent.

Billy and BoBo Jones, Nash County, Charlie Tyson, county agent.

Phelps and Phelps, Northampton County, Craig Ellison, county agent.

Ronnie Baker, Perquimans County, George Roach, county agent.

Doug Farmer, Pitt County, Sam Uzzell, county agent.

Jart Hudson, Sampson County, Bill Ellers, county agent.

Kendricks Creek Farms, Washington County, Frank Winslow, county agent.

The winners in Virginia included:

William Chappell, Dinwiddie County, Mike Parrish, county agent.

Michael Moss, Greensville County, Rebecca Barnes, county agent.

Lawrence Goodman, City of Suffolk, Rex Cotton, county agent.

Willie Bresko, Prince George County, Glen Chappell, county agent.

Jamie Lee, Southampton County, Wes Alexander, county agent.

Sammy Cox, Surry County, Glenn Shade, county agent.

Richard Johnson, Sussex County, Kelvin Wells, county agent.