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About the Georgia Peanut Commission

The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Peanuts was established in 1961 under the Commodities Promotion Act. The Commission conducts programs in the areas of promotion, research and education. Funding is derived from a $2 per ton assessment on all producers. Governing the Commission is a five man elected board of peanut farmers. It is best known in the State House by its little red bags of Georgia Peanuts. Peanuts are a $2.2 billion industry in Georgia.

Peanut Facts

  • Georgia farmers produced 52% of the United States’ peanuts in 2021 – more than 1.67 million tons.
  • Georgia farmers harvested 750,000 acres, yielding an average of 4,450 pounds per acre.
  • Georgia farmers planted peanuts in 76 counties in Georgia.
  • Georgia has approximately 4,000 peanut farmers.
  • Georgia peanuts accounted for 29% of the state’s row and forage crops income.
  • Peanuts are Georgia’s Official State Crop.
Georgia Peanut Fact Sheet

Did you know Georgia farmers produced 52% of the U.S. peanut crop in 2021. Learn more about peanut production in Georgia by viewing this fact sheet.

GPC Education Center

Our Education Center offers an overview of the peanut industry in Georgia. Schools are invited to schedule educational tours with us. Consumers are also welcome to visit us at Exit 63B off of Interstate 75 in Tifton, Georgia. To schedule a tour please email info@gapeanuts.com.

Board Members

Joe Boddiford
Joe Boddiford
Chairman: District 3 - Sylvania, Ga
Donald Chase
Donald Chase
Vice Chairman: District 5 - Oglethorpe, Ga
Rodney Dawson
Rodney Dawson
Treasurer: District 4 - Hawkinsville Ga
Ross Kendrick
Ross Kendrick
Member - District 2, Sycamore, Ga.
Tim Burch
Tim Burch
Member: District 1 -Newton, Ga

Advisory Board

Andy Bell
Andy Bell
Climax, Ga.
Andy Owens
Andy Owens
Sylvania, Ga.
Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones
Jacksonville, Ga.
Brett Sauls
Brett Sauls
Shellman, Ga.
John Harrell
John Harrell
Whigham, Ga
Casey Cox
Casey Cox
Camilla, Ga
Wesley Webb
Wesley Webb
Leary, Ga.
Larry Cunningham
Larry Cunningham
National Peanut Buying Points Association Representative
Tom McCall
Tom McCall
Georgia Farm Bureau President - Macon, GA

Staff

Don Koehler
Don Koehler
Executive Director
Joy Crosby
Joy Crosby
Assistant Executive Director
Jessie Bland
Jessie Bland
Manager of Promotions & Marketing
Hannah Jones
Hannah Jones
Project Coordinator - Research & Education
Justin Odom
Justin Odom
Project Coordinator - Farm & Field Services
Joy Purvis
Joy Purvis
Administrative Assistant

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