On July 14, the Executive Director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, was honored by a formal acknowledgement before the House of Representative of the United States of America in Washington DC. On occasion of the 18th Southern Peanut Conference July 21-23 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida, Don Koehler received a framed transcript of the Congressional Record from Michael Reed, Chief of Staff of Sanford Bishop, Congressman, 2nd Congressional District.
Excerpt of the Congressional Record, Washington DC,
Hon. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. of Georgia in the House of Representatives
On Thursday, July 14, 2016
“Mr. Bishop of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, it is my great honor to extend heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Don Koehler, the Executive Director for the Georgia Peanut Commission, as he celebrates 30 years of service with this esteemed organization. In 1986, Mr. Koehler accepted the prestigious honor in becoming the Executive Director for the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) and is currently the longest standing Executive Director in GPC history. Don is extremely passionate in helping to promote peanut research, particularly the peanut genome, as well as improving the production capacity of peanut farmers in Georgia and throughout the country. Georgia peanut farmers are responsible for producing nearly half of the United States’ peanut crops, and the production levels continue to increase annually. In fact, I’m proud to say that the 2nd Congressional District which I represent, is the largest producer of peanuts in the Nation. Since Don’s induction as Executive Director, the production levels of the commodity have nearly tripled. Under Don’s leadership, the Georgia peanut industry led the nation inthe export of peanuts globally; including China and Western Europe. In April 2016, 74,268 Metric Tons of peanuts and peanut products had been exported to various regions of Asia including, China and Vietnam. The improvements of exporting relations of peanut to Asia have been tremendous. Last year Georgia peanut exports had a total value of US$81,592,245, which is a 530% increase over the previous year. The state of Georgia certainly appreciates what Don has done in the peanut industry over his 30 year tenure. He has earned much deserved respect as a result of his leadership and contributions to the Georgia Peanut Commission as their Executive Director. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues in the House of Representatives to join me, along with all those associated with Georgia peanuts in congratulating Mr. Don Koehler for everything he has done to improve and strengthen the peanut industry in Georgia and the peanut industry nationwide.”