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The Barnes family began farming peanuts in 1917 in northeastern North Carolina.
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Upon returning from a tour in World War II, George Dallas Barnes got together with 3 other families to start a peanut company working directly with American peanut farmers. The families formed Severn Peanut Company, a “sheller” in the peanut industry. George Barnes’s son, John “Mutt” Barnes got involved with Severn Peanut from day 1, later becoming President of the organization and leading it until the 1980′s.
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Meherrin Agricultural and Chemical Company was formed to provide services to farmers in the Southeastern United States.
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Hampton Farms was founded to complete the circle of our services. Hampton Farms roasts, packs, and markets finished peanut products direct to customers. Hampton Farms' goal is to be the best producer of peanut products in the world.
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Mutt Barnes’ son, Dallas Barnes took over leadership of Severn Peanut and Meherrin Agricultural and Chemical Company.
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Meherrin Fertilizer, Inc. was formed giving Meherrin direct access to fertilizer manufactures and storage at key ports and locations on the East Coast. This enabled Meherrin Agricultural & Chemical Company to expand into selling custom fertilizer and services.
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Meherrin Agricultural & Chemical Company made a significant purchase expanding their retail presence in GA.
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Meherrin Agricultural & Chemical Company expanded into grain services through the purchase of several grain buying facilities in NC and VA.
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Meherrin Applied Precision Services, M.A.P.S., is officially formed as a department within the company to ensure we offer the best precision services and technology for our customers.
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