Billy Bain is literally “Mr. Peanut” in the V-C area, winning the first everMr. Peanut Award, sponsored by Planters Peanut Company. During hisfarming career that spans parts of six decades, he has also won Virginia’s topenvironmental and conservation award and was the 2009 Virginia Farmer ofthe Year. Now, he has been named the 2014 Farm Press Peanut ProfitabilityAward winner for the Upper Southeast region.He is a third-generation Virginia farmer, who helped his mother managethe farm after his father died when Billy was a junior in high school. It tooktime away from the farm, serving in the Army, to convince him that farmingwas the right career path.When he returned to the farm, he started on 200 acres, and the mainstaywas peanuts. Now, he farms about 3,500 acres and peanuts are still a bigpart of his farming operation.In addition to growing peanuts, Bain grows cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat and raises beef cattle.Rotation, variety selection, conservation and nutrition are keys to producing a profitable and economicalpeanut crop. Marketing is also a top priority. In some cases, storing peanuts from one year to the next has made ahuge difference in profitability.