January 19, 2011 Edition

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Peanut company
officials visit WR

Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

Officials from the Clint Williams Company, based in Madill, Okla. met with local farmers and agriculture industry representatives on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Captain Catfish.

"This past year we had limited acreages of peanuts grown in Lawrence and Jackson Counties," said Chris Elkins, area development manager at Clint Williams Company.

"All of these locations did well and indicated the potential for peanuts to be successfully grown. This year, we are hoping to substantially increase the acres grown, and we are currently in the area meeting with potential growers and others interested in this effort."

Clint Williams representatives have been conducting meetings with local farmers to discuss the benefits of peanut farming.

"This will be the second year we have had peanuts produced in the area," James Hall, special projects coordinator, said.

"The yields and outcomes from last year suggest that peanuts are going to be a successful and beneficial addition to the agricultural community, and the business community as a whole."

More than 20 area farmers attended the meeting, and discussed planting and harvesting the crop, along with yield rates and diseases.

"We explained to farmers what we can offer them as a company, and feel like peanuts are a good choice for farmers here," said Elkins.

Farmer Walter Rice of College Station, Tenn., began growing peanuts in Lawrence County in April on a 525-acre farm near College City.

"I was very pleased with this year's crop," said Rice. "

Consultants from Clint Williams Company, along with representatives from Birdsong Peanuts in Aberdeen, Miss., helped Rice during the planting and harvesting seasons.

"We have personnel in the area to assist farmers and answer any questions they may have," Elkins said. "We will also have a full-time crop consultant in the area to assist and advise farmers through planting, growing and harvesting."

"We feel that we have the best company and offer excellent customer service," said Larry Vance, field representative.

Golden Peanut Company headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., a sheller and processor of peanuts and peanut products, will also host a meeting with local farmers during the last week of January.

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