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Georgia peanuts
by the
By Zach Ball
F
or many people, the state of Georgia and peanuts are nearly
synonymous. Peanuts are the state's official crop and a versatile treat.
Whether eaten whole as a quick snack, crushed into creamy peanut
butter or mixed into decadent peanut brittle, Georgia peanuts are enjoyed
around the world every day.
Peanuts are a $2 billion industry in Georgia, providing jobs to
thousands of people in our state. Thanks to their hard work, peanuts from
Georgia are harvested, processed and shipped hundreds or thousands of
miles before ending up in products and on store shelves.
Here are a few interesting facts about the legendary legume:
No. 1
Georgia is the top
producer of peanuts in
the U.S.! More than half
of America's peanuts
are grown here.
13
Height in feet of a peanut statue created to
promote Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential
campaign. Carter owned a peanut farm in his
hometown of Plains.
76
99
percent
3.58 billion
Number of Georgia counties
in which peanuts have been
planted. Mitchell, Worth, Early
and Decatur counties
are among the state's
top peanut-producing
counties.
Total pounds of peanuts produced by
Georgia farmers in 2017, according to the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
200
Percentage of Georgia's peanut acreage that is
planted with the runner peanut variety. While
they have many popular applications, more
than half of the runner peanuts harvested in
the U.S. are used to make peanut butter.
Average acreage of a Georgia peanut farm,
according to the Georgia Peanut Commission.
A 200-acre farm could produce enough peanuts
for 7 million peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!
Zach Ball is a freelance writer from Smyrna and a
former Georgia Magazine intern.
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$678 million
Dollar value of peanuts in 2020 as a
commodity in Georgia's economy,
according to the University of
Georgia's Center for Agribusiness
and Economic Development.
Peanuts ranked third out of the
state's commodities by value.
T14,000
numbers
he approximate
number of Georgia
farms that grow
peanuts. Georgia has
about 4,500 peanut
farmers.
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