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Jacob Forehand

Extension Peanut Specialist
Peanut specialist standing in front of a field.
6321 Holland Road
Suffolk, VA 23437

M.S., Crop and Soil Sciences, North Carolina State University, 2024

B.S., Crop and Soil Sciences – Agronomy Concentration, North Carolina State University, 2022

A portion of the peanut research program at TAREC consists of the Peanut Variety and Quality Evaluation (PVQE) program. This multi-state program through a collaboration with multiple universities including Virginia Tech, NC State, and Clemson, evaluates new varieties developed for release into the Virginia – Carolinas growing region. These varieties are evaluated in field trials across the V-C region in accordance with common grower practices and are compared to commercially available varieties. This program provides valuable information regarding agronomic performance and quality of varieties to assess all stakeholder needs before a variety’s commercial release.

In addition to the PVQE, agronomic research on peanuts is also conducted. The primary purpose of this research is to provide stakeholders with answers to production questions relating to the growth and development of peanuts in Virginia.

The goal of the PVQE and Peanut Extension Program is to provide valuable information through a variety of digital and hardcopy resources to equip stakeholders with all the necessary information to make informed decisions about production practices that will ultimately impact a producer’s bottom-line.

2024, Outstanding M.S. Student, Weed Science Society of North Carolina

2024, 2nd Place M.S. Poster, North Carolina Weed Science Society

2023, 3rd Place Graduate Team Weed Olympics, Northeast Weed Science Society

2023, 2nd Place M.S. Poster, Weed Science Society of North Carolina

2022, 2nd Place Overall Undergraduate Student Weed Contest, Southern Weed Science Society

2022, 1st Place Undergraduate Poster, Southern Weed Science Society

2022, Highest grade point average, Agronomy Club at N.C. State

2022, George and Gladys Spain Scholarship

2022, NC Small Grain Growers Association Scholarship

2022, WF and Mozelle Parker Scholarship

2022, McLawhorn Crop Services Inc. Scholarship

2022, W. Glenn and Ruby P. Toomey Scholarship

2021, Klingman Undergraduate Internship

2021, Fike-Chapin Agronomy Club Scholarship

2019, Chowan County Farm Bureau Scholarship

2019, Katherine G. Shook Master Gardener Scholarship

2019, R. Flake Shaw Scholarship, N.C. Farm Bureau