Wiregrass Newsroom: Outbreak has peanut growers concerned at trade show

Dothan, AL (WSFA) -- Ed White has grown peanuts in Headland for more than 45 years.  But the recent salmonella outbreak and an already saturated peanut market means this year's crop is in jeopardy.

"I'll plant a few, but not 1500 acres," says White.

But he's not the only one scaling back. The Alabama-Florida Peanut Producers Trade Show brought hundreds of farmers together with three prevailing questions. How many peanuts to plant, what to plant instead, and how to finance it all with no contracts going out. They're questions that have White and others waiting to see what happens next.

"What I'm doing is trying to hold my own. I don't think that I can make any money, but I can hold my own and maintain my infrastructure."

"We have worked through times before that we have always wondered if we were going to make it.  But we're in this together," says Gloria Jeffcoat, whose husband is a grower in Gordon.

Despite what may be a tough growing season for the farmers, many in the industry say there's one thing they hope to accomplish.

"We want very much for American consumers to have a restored trust in this food that they have loved for so long," says National Peanut Board President, Raffaela Marie Fenn.

"We're sad about this because anytime that somebody thinks that a product we're putting out is not safe, that makes us very unhappy and we want everybody to know that there [are] peanuts that are on the shelf that [are] safe for the consumer," says Jeffcoat.

Safe peanuts-- something Ed White wants more than anything.

"It hurts you in your heart, because you don't want your product to hurt anyone."

Reporter: Melissa McKinney