Coffee County Peanut Conference in New Brockton

The need for alternative energy sources may lead to a "bumper season" for Wiregrass farmers.

Tuesday, speakers at the Coffee County Peanut Conference in New Brockton talked about higher prices for crops.

Nationwide there's an increase in acreage for corn, soybeans and peanuts.

The high oil content in peanuts is providing high yields in bio-diesel fuel making.

Alabama Peanut Growers Association president Carl Sanders says the downside is skyrocketing expenses.

"Alternative energy is changing the face of crops. Corn can be made into ethanol, and soybeans are being used for bio-diesel... in fact you can take lower quality peanuts and make bio-diesel out of," said Sanders.

Sanders hopes congress will come up with a 2008 farm bill.

Commodity pricing differences between democrats and republicans have the measure stalled on Capitol Hill.


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