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Peanut research findings highlighted

February 9, 2005

Tifton- Peanut growers dedicate thousands of dollars for research to fight viruses that attack their crops. "We got a lot of research going on in a lot of areas and a lot of excellent researchers that are very dedicated, a lot of them spent all their life working these types of things," says GPC Chairman Joe Boddiford.

What they found could mean an increase in farmer's profits. Leaf spot diseases have become deadly, severely cutting peanut production in Georgia. Researchers have been hard at work to solve some of these problems. Today they revealed their findings at The Georgia Peanut Commission's Annual Research Report Day in Tifton.

"The Peanut Commission historically or at least the past several years has put about $250,000 in various research projects," says Boddiford. USDA researcher Corley Holbrook says, "What I do is try to develop new peanut varieties for the Georgia peanut growers throughout the southeast and what we're trying to do is combine different disease resistances into a single variety."

The commission hopes to travel to Washington, D.C., in March to stress the importance of funding to peanut research.

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