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Peanuts An Overview of the Peanut Industry in Georgia. Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office Dr. Frank Flanders and Catrina Kennedy September 2006. Objectives. Students will be able to: Explain the importance of the Georgia peanut industry. Name 4 peanut products.

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Peanuts An Overview of thePeanut Industryin Georgia

Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office

Dr. Frank Flanders and Catrina Kennedy

September 2006


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Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of the Georgia peanut industry.

  • Name 4 peanut products.

  • State key facts.

  • Name the top three peanut producing counties.

  • Rank the peanut industry compared to other Georgia agricultural commodities.

  • Rank Georgia with other states in peanut production.


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Why is the peanut industry important?

  • It's the official state crop of Georgia.

  • The peanut industry accounts for more than 50,000 jobs in Georgia.

  • Georgia produces nearly 50% of the United States’ peanuts.

  • Georgia produced about 2 billion pounds of peanuts during 2004.

  • Georgia has approximately 14,418 farms with peanuts and about 5,000 active farmers.

  • Georgia has approximately 200 businesses related to peanuts.


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Peanut Products

Peanut Butter

Gasoline

Vanishing Cream

Laxatives

Wall Boards

Paints

Shampoo

Glue


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Peanut producing counties in Georgia.

There are 80 counties in Georgia where peanuts are grown.

The top counties are:

Decatur

Early

Mitchell

Miller

Worth

*Sylvester in Worth County is the Peanut Capital of the World.



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US Peanut Production

Top peanut producing states

1. Georgia

2. Texas

3. Alabama

4. North Carolina

5. Virginia


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Types of Peanuts

There are four basic types grown in the United States today.

They are: Runner, Spanish, Valencia and Virginia.

Runner peanuts are mainly grown in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, and over half of the runner peanuts grown in the United States are used to make peanut butter.


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Interesting Facts

  • Peanuts are unusual plants because they flower above ground but fruit underground.

  • The peanut is actually not a nut, it's a legume.

  • About 75% of Georgia's peanuts are used to make peanut butter.

  • Peanuts contribute more than 4 billion dollars to the U.S. economy.

  • People eat more than 600 million pounds of peanuts a year and 700 million pounds of peanut butter.


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Assessment

1. Name 4 peanut products.

2. What percentage of peanuts grown in Georgia are made into peanut butter?

3. What are the top 5 peanut producing states in the U.S.?

4. Name one of the top producing counties in Georgia?

5. What is the official state crop of Georgia?


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Assessment Key

1. Peanut Butter, gas, paint, etc

2. 75%

3. Georgia, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia

4. Worth, Miller, Early, Mitchell, Decatur

5. Peanuts

Photo from FVSU


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References

http://www.peanutsusa.com

www.gapeanuts.com


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