The first annual Georgia Peanut Workshop will be held Wednesday, March 10, at McGouirk Auditorium on the South Georgia College campus in Douglas, Ga.

The workshop begins with registration from 8 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. Concurrent workshops will be held beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Session One will feature the following speakers and topics:

Peanut Varieties and Management for 2004 — John Beasley, University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist; Switching to Twin Rows — John Baldwin, University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist; Peanut Herbicide and Weed Control Update — Eric Prostko, University of Georgia Extension weed scientist; Peanut Insect and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Update — Steve Brown, University of Georgia Extension entomologist and Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension pathologist.

The following speakers and topics will be featured in Session Two:

Peanut Varieties and Management for 2004 — John Beasley; Managing Strip-till Peanuts (including weed control) — John Baldwin and Eric Prostko; Production Economics and Profitability — Nathan Smith, University of Georgia Extension economist and Stanley Fletcher, National Center for Peanut Competitiveness, University of Georgia; Peanut Nematode and Disease Control — Bob Kemerait.

Session Three will feature the following speakers and topics:

Peanut Herbicide and Weed Control Update — Eric Prostko; Peanut Irrigation and Irrigator Pro — Marshall Lamb, National Peanut Lab and John Baldwin; Peanut Fertility — Glenn Harris, University of Georgia Extension agronomist; Recent Developments in Peanut Disease Management — Tim Brenneman and Albert Culbreath, University of Georgia pathologists.

Following lunch, a general session will begin at 1:15 p.m. featuring the following topics and speakers:

Georgia Peanut Commission Update — Don Koehler, executive director, Georgia Peanut Commission; Peanut Marketing Update for 2004 — Marshall Lamb, economist, National Peanut Lab; Biological Control of Alfatoxin in Peanuts — Joe Dorner, microbiologist, National Peanut Lab; Issues Facing Shellers and Manufacturers Concerning Farmer Stock Peanuts — Ben Smith, Tom's Foods; 2004 Peanut Profitability Contest — Paul Hollis, editor, Southeast Farm Press; The Purpose of Governor Perdue's Agricultural Advisory Committee — Donnie Smith, Governor's Agriculture Liaison; Peanut Market Update — Tyron Spearman, Spearman Agency; Feedback from Domestic and International Customers on U.S. Peanuts — Howard Valentine, Peanut Foundation; and Peanut Allergy Research Update, Howard Valentine.

Registration for the workshop is free. For more information, contact the Coffee County Extension Service at (912) 384-1402.