The U.S. peanut industry will host a symposium March 23 in Blakely, Ga., to champion the benefits of peanuts and peanut butter as nutritious and sustaining foodstuff for disaster, malnourished children, and hunger victims around the globe. It will start 2 p.m. at the George Y. Birdsong Building on the Early County Court Square.
The symposium will begin with comments from Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black followed with introductions by Jeff Johnson, President of Birdsong Peanuts. The first topic to be presented is "Peanuts: Natural Health Food for All" by Bob Parker, Chairman of the Board of The Peanut Institute and Vice President of Golden Peanut Company. The next presentation will be "Peanuts and RUTF" presented by Dr. Mark Manary, founder of Project Peanut Butter. Mark Moore, CEO of MANA Nutrition will present "RUTF Production in the United States."
Director of Research and Development, Abbott Nutrition, Daniel Schmitz will present "A Corporation's Commitment: Abbot Laboratories and Haiti." Stephanie Grunenfelder, Vice President of International Marketing for the American Peanut Council will provide an overview of project "Peanut Butter for the Hungry." Sally Wells of Birdsong Peanuts will present "Peanut Proud- Around the World." Congressman Austin Scott will discuss the U.S. Government's participation. Closing remarks will be given by Congressman Sanford Bishop.
Blakely, Georgia is the birthplace of the Peanut Proud movement which was born out of necessity to confront the tidal wave of negative publicity in 2009 stemming from the largest food recall in US history. Peanut Proud, Inc. is transitioning into the peanut industry's humanitarian outreach arm. Join the industry and community leaders on March 23rd to celebrate the strides the peanut industry has made and look to the visions for the future by supporting these efforts.
The symposium is open to the public. Pre-registration is required and to register call 229-888-2508.
The symposium is being sponsored by Peanut Proud, American Peanut Council, Georgia Peanut Commission, Alabama Peanut Producers, Florida Peanut Producers, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, National Peanut Buying Point Association, The Peanut Institute, and American Peanut Sheller's Association.