Hattiesburg hosting annual peanut growers conference

Lake Terrace hosting annual peanut growers conference

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of peanut farmers across the state have come to Hattiesburg for a two-day annual conference.

The 14th Meeting & Trade Show for the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association is going on at Lake Terrace Convention Center

It’s bringing together growers, buyers and agricultural experts for educational presentations and displays of the latest farming products.

Peanuts are a $40 million dollar industry in the state and the seventh biggest crop.

“It fluctuates from 10,000 to 15,000 and we hit 48,000 acres and then, this year, we dropped back down to about 25,000 and it tends to do that based on the price of peanuts,” said Malcolm Broome, executive director of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.

“Peanuts are a great crop, they’re good for the soil, they’re a very sustainable crop, they don’t use a lot of water compared to other nuts,” said Leslie Wagner, executive director of Southern Peanut Growers.

Wednesday, attendees will hear from Mississippi commissioner or agriculture Andy Gipson.

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