Peanut Leadership Academy

The Peanut Leadership Academy is a cooperative effort between grower organizations and agricultural extension. The academy is sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection and the American Peanut Shellers Association. Participants are nominated by agricultural leaders in their counties and then selected by a committee of state leaders.

The program began in 1998 with the first class of 14 peanut growers from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Today, the program has evolved to include growers from Mississippi, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia as well as sheller representatives.

"The entire program helps prepare everyone involved in peanut production to meet the future and help create a better industry," says Lyle Stewart, district sales manager of Syngenta Crop Protection. "The long term benefits will be evident as we see these young growers step into leadership positions."

Program Overview
Download application for Class X. [pdf file] [word file]

For more information on the Peanut Leadership Academy, contact:
Program Coordinator: Jessie Bland at 229-386-3472 or