Organizers have cancelled this year’s Georgia Peanut Tour in response to coronavirus concerns. The annual tour draws around 200 people from around the world to spend three days visiting sites along the peanut value chain in Georgia.
The Peanut Innovation Lab regularly hosts visitors from partner countries to attend the tour and see first-hand the infrastructure that allows Georgia to produce half of the peanuts consumed in the U.S.
In the end, organizers found safe planning too difficult to bring together a crowd of people to travel, eat meals and tour sites together, all while maintaining strict social distancing and safety precautions.
“We love hosting the Peanut Tour, and were determined to try and make it happen. However, as planning progressed, it became apparent that the prudent option would be to cancel the 2020 Georgia Peanut Tour. This was not an easy decision, but I am confident it was the right decision,” said Tim Brenneman, the chairman of the tour committee. The Georgia Peanut Commission hopes to host a 2021 tour in Southwest Georgia.