Through the Eyes of a Farmer series visits with Mike Newberry, farmer from Arlington, Georgia. Newberry is a fourth-generation farmer on Hillside Farms. He farms with his father, Ike, and their farm mainly consists of peanuts, cotton, corn and some cattle.
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 $2.0 billion industry in Georgia
Did you know
- Georgia produced 57% of the United States’ peanuts in 2015 – more than 1.7 million tons.
Georgia farmers planted 780,000 acres, yielding 4,300 pounds per acre.
Georgia farmers planted peanuts in more than 75 counties in Georgia.
Georgia has approximately 3,500 peanut farmers.
Georgia peanuts accounted for 23% of the state’s row and forage crops income.
The peanut industry contributes more than 50,000 jobs in Georgia.