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Hundreds of Farmers Talk Peanuts in Panama City Beach

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Many people head to Florida's Emerald coast for a beach getaway but hundreds of farmers are in Panama City Beach to talk "peanuts."

Southeastern peanut farmers produce 65 % of the U.S. peanut crop and for the past couple days, more than 600 of them have left their farms to network with each other while they learn of ways to make that popular snack even better.

Multiple vendors are showcasing all the latest advancements in agriculture and technology. while information sessions inform farmers of disease management, research, and innovations in sustainability.

In addition to learning all the latest and greatest about peanuts,  the federal farm bill is another hot topic.

The House and Senate see the legislation differently. The House has currently passed their version which does not include a nutrition title, however both parties have yet to pass a final bill.

"I'm optimistic that they can do it, if they take the work ethic like a farmer, they can actually get it done," said Ken Barton, the Executive Director of the Florida Peanut Producers Association. "That's what we hope they do, work like farmers in Washington D.C."

He says passing a farm bill without a nutrition title has never happened before. The deadline to pass a new bill is September 30.