The feasibility of a grower-owned peanut shelling plant in the Tift area of Georgia
Wolfe, Kent L.
McKissick, John C.
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Changes in the peanut industry including elimination of the Federal Peanut Quota Program and industry consolidation have sparked interest in the feasibility of a grower-owned peanut shelling and marketing operation through a new generation cooperative (NGC). As a result, a group of Tift Area farmers requested an in-depth study of a grower-owned facility to shell peanuts. The Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development was charged with the task of conducting the study. The general idea is to secure market access and improve farm income and profitability through cooperatively shelling peanuts and marketing shelled peanuts to manufacturers. Marketing a high quality peanut on a consistent basis is believed achievable by targeting irrigated production. This project seeks to determine the economic feasibility of such an endeavor.