Georgia celebrating peanut industry

Georgia celebrating peanut industry

• Financial institutions in communities across Georgia are saluting peanut farmers’ contributions to the state and local economy during this weeklong event.

Banks and other lending institutions all across Georgia are going “nuts” during Georgia Peanut Bank Week, Oct. 10-14, 2011.

Financial institutions in communities across the state are saluting peanut farmers’ contributions to the state and local economy during this weeklong event.

The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with the Georgia Bankers Association, promotes the state’s official crop by sponsoring Georgia Peanut Bank Week annually.

This year’s theme is “Georgia Peanuts — Growing Tomorrow’s World Today.” The theme’s intent is to show the close tie between peanut farmers, financial institutions and Georgia’s economic growth.

Georgia’s peanut farmers contribute approximately $2 billion annually to the state and local economy.
 “This is the 35th year we have held a special salute to farmers in cooperation with financial institutions,” says Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission.

“We have a great nutrition message to tell the consumer. Eating peanuts are good for you!”

Decatur and Mitchell counties lead the way as the top producing counties in the state, producing more than 216 million pounds of peanuts in 2010. These counties, along with the other 70 peanut producing counties, help Georgia produce 48 percent of the United States’ peanuts. 

In addition to the contributions to Georgia’s economy, recent research shows peanuts and peanut products are rated high in nutritional quality. New research studies indicate and highlight regularly eating peanuts can reduce the risk of heart disease, several types of cancer, and because they contain folic acid, peanuts can help prevent birth defects.

In fact, recent studies indicate that frequent consumption of peanuts and nuts, as part of a healthy diet; can decrease the risk of heart disease by as much as 50 percent. 

The Georgia Peanut Commission urges everyone to stop by their local bank and find out how peanuts add to a healthy diet. Recipes, peanuts and other promotional items will be available the week of Oct. 10-14, 2011 at participating institutions

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