Nutty economy: peanut sales soared last year

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

It's harvest time for peanuts, and many farmers are hoping to make as much of a sale as last year.

"This year we're looking to have a very good peanut crop, but the harvest season has not been as good. We're down on the number of peanuts to market. We're down on the number of peanuts that have been sold by the farmers," said Jimmy Jones, Jr., Henry Co. Extension Coordinator.

The overall peanut production for last year-- ending July 31-- was the third-highest in history, despite a deadly national salmonella outbreak.

"Last year was the best in, I know, five to six years. It may have been the best for peanut crop in 10 years," said Jones.

Peanut farmers had feared they were facing $1 billion in losses after the outbreak.

Instead, the downward economy had more people looking to peanuts and peanut butter because it's a cheap lunch.

"They're very good for you, and they're cheap. I think, also, with people getting that home-grown products are healthier for you, people have grown more gardens and I think they're eating more of our farmer's stock peanuts. I'm glad to see it because it supports our local farmers," said Jones.

Peanuts used for peanut butter set an all-time record 1.1 billion pounds.

Local farmers hope to top that this year.

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