Michael Davis, along with his brother, owns and operates Davis Farms. Michael is a sixth generation farmer and the Davis family has farmed the same land since 1818 – that’s before Spain sold Florida to the United States and before peanuts were a crop in our country.

Michael says that when his grandparents and parents farmed peanuts on his land throughout the 20th Century, farmers sank or swam by what they grew. “You didn’t know what you could sell your crop for – or even if you could sell it – until long after you had planted,” he says.

That’s why while peanut farming is still unpredictable, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program in today’s Farm Bill, which began in 2014 and is otherwise known as the Peanut Program, promotes certainty over the longer-term. The PLC supports a reasonable reference price for growers and needs to be preserved in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill.

Michael says the Peanut Program impacts his family and community as well peanut farm families across the U.S. He says that’s why all of us – farmers and local businesses – must stand together in support of a fair reference price in the Peanut Program, so we can continue to enjoy market-based economic stability in our rural communities.



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