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The Albany Chamber of Commerce is using a series of Lunch and Learns during National Small Business Appreciation week to make it easier for small businesses to bounce back, by encouraging all to participate and gather the right tools.More >>
A South Georgia girl is asking the community for help to provide scholarships for college-bound young women. In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Leesburg for theMore >>
In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguish Young Woman of Leesburg for the Class of 2014.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:16 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:16:35 GMT
The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find a missing pregnant woman. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months. DianeMore >>
The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find Crystal Hendrix. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
July 11, 2006
Moultrie -- One of Georgia's signature crops can help fuel your body, but can peanuts do the same for your farm equipment?
With gas prices so high, farmers at today's Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition Field Day talked a lot about biodiesel fuel alternatives.
It's an ironic picture, the tractor in the peanut field is fueled by the very plant it's tending.
The National Peanut Lab in Dawson made farmers think about the fuel alternative. "We definitely could almost have a whole new energy crop in the peanut, you know the farmer may grow part of his acreage for the edible market and the other part exclusively for this biodiesel market," said Tifton Peanut Farmer Robert Curry.
Using peanut oil for fuel is an old concept, what's new is getting farmers to grow a crop specifically for biodiesel fuel, taking one ton of peanuts and converting it to about 100 gallons of biodiesel fuel.
"It would have to be cost effective, where it can be grown and turned into it," said Curry.
South Georgia's crop is mainly grown for consumption. Last year there was a surplus crop and with falling prices, using the oil for fuel could give farmers another market. "I'm really surprised why we haven't been more aggressive on alternative fuels."
Researchers say it's a reality and could be done in south Georgia within the next 18 months, an aggressive push must be made and next year's Farm Bill may help fuel the fire. "I envision a day when a farmer will grow his own fuel, where he would set aside a few acres of peanuts that are for this market, that is his fuel for the next year," said Wilson Faircloth of the National Peanut Laboratory.
And the market would have to make it worth their while to consider using this crop for more than a snack.
Farmers question whether south Georgia could grow enough peanuts to fuel local farm equipment. A farmer said today he uses 30,000 gallons of fuel a year, and an acre of peanuts will only make 100 gallons of fuel.