AUBURN, Ala. -- Peanut growers from throughout the Southeast, Virginia-Carolina and Southwest production regions are encouraged to participate in the Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award for 2004. The awards program is entering its fifth year, already having honored four classes of winners.

The awards are based on production efficiency, honoring those growers who produce the highest yields at the lowest cost per acre. Awards are presented to growers from the Southeast Region, including Alabama, Georgia and Florida; the Virginia-Carolina Region, including Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the Southwest Region, including Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

The winning nominations for the 2004 awards will be based on production efficiency during the 2003 growing season. Winners of the 2004 awards will receive an expenses-paid trip for two to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City, Fla., set for July 2004.

In addition, the winners are featured in special Peanut Profitability issues of Southeast Farm Press and Southwest Farm Press.

Growers may download a pdf file of the nomination form for the Peanut Profitability Award by clicking on: Peanut Profitability nomination form .

Data entered on a farmer's nomination form should be based on an entire farm operation and not on individual farms or small plots. Actual per-unit costs and returns information will remain confidential.

Growers may submit their nomination form directly to the National Peanut Research Laboratory, or they may submit it to any Farm Press editor, their county Extension agent, peanut specialist or economist. The deadline for all nominations is April 15, 2004.

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