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Advertising Category Guidelines

Market Bulletin Ad Category Guidelines
The following ad categories are not published on a regular basis, and as such are limited to 30 words: farm services, farm services wanted, handicrafts, farmland rent/lease, farmland rent/lease wanted and farmland for sale. All other ads are limited to 20 words. Word count includes name, city, phone number(s) or other contact information provided.

Ag Seed for Sale

  • Advertisers must submit a current state laboratory report, fewer than nine months old, for purity, noxious weeds and germination for each seed lot advertised. Ads submitted without this information will not be published.
  • If you are faxing or mailing in an ad, this report needs to be sent along with it. For ads submitted online, the report can be attached using the attachments button.
  • Seed lots must be uniform and cannot exceed 400 50-pound bags
  • Certain varieties of seed are protected from propagation unless they are grown as a class of certified seed. These include Florida 304, Coker 9152, Coker 9835, 6738 soybean, Haskell, Bennings and others.
  • For questions regarding certified seed, call the Department's Seed Division at (404) 656-3635.

Alternative Livestock Requiring Permit/License

  • Advertisers selling fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, elk, red deer, reindeer and caribou must submit a current deer farming license with their ads. Ads submitted without this license will not be published.
  • If you are faxing or mailing in an ad, the license needs to be sent along with it. For ads submitted online, the license can be attached using the attachments button.
  • For information about the deer farming license, contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404) 656-3667. For information on other hoofed stock, excluding llamas and buffalo, contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at (770) 761-3044.

Boarding Facilities

  • Advertisers must submit a current stable license in order to advertise boarding and breeding facilities. Ads submitted without this information will not be published.
  • For questions regarding licenses and applications, call (404) 656-3713.

Equine for Sale, Equine at Stud

  • Advertisers in the Equine for Sale or Equine at Stud categories must submit current negative Coggins tests for each equine advertised. This includes horses, ponies, donkeys, etc. Buyers are urged to request verification of a negative Coggins from the advertiser before purchasing any equine.
  • Negative Coggins reports are valid for 12 months from the date the blood sample is drawn.
  • Falsification or altering of any Coggins results can result in fines and suspension of advertising privileges.
  • If you are faxing or mailing in an ad, the Coggins needs to be sent along with it. For ads submitted online, the Coggins can be attached using the attachments button.
  • Generalized ads, such as "many horses," "variety to choose from," etc., will not be published.

Farm Employment

  • Farm Employment ads must be related to agricultural farm work.
  • Ads submitted for domestic help, companions, baby sitters, housekeepers, etc. will not be published.

Farm Machinery, Farm Machinery Wanted

  • Ads for the following items will not be published in the Market Bulletin: trucks, cars, sport utility vehicles, recreational vehicles, four-wheelers, golf carts, ATVs, RTVs, UTVs, bicycles or any other driven vehicle where primary on-farm use is not verifiable.
  • Ads for accessories for such vehicles, including bull bars, will also not be published, with the exception of specific farm-use implements that can be attached to these vehicles, such as livestock trailers or pull-behind feed plot cultivators.

Farmland for Sale

  • Realtors or anyone holding a real estate license, even if not currently a practicing realtor, are not allowed to submit ads in these categories.
  • Farmland for Sale ads must include county and city the farmland is being submitted for.
  • Advertisers can advertise multiple farmland plots for sale, so long as they all fit in one ad following the 30-word count limit for this category.
  • Farmland advertised must be owned by the subscriber placing the ad.

Farmland Rent/Lease, Farmland Rent/Lease Wanted

  • Realtors or anyone holding a real estate license, even if not currently a practicing realtor, are not allowed to submit ads in these categories.
  • Farmland and pastureland available for hunting leases are permitted to be advertised in these categories.
  • Farmland advertised must be owned by the subscriber placing the ad.

Farm Services, Farm Services Wanted

  • Farm Services and Services Wanted ads must be related to agriculture.
  • Wanted services must be performed on the farm of the individual desiring the service.
  • Commercial contractors are not allowed to advertise services in this category.

Feed, Hay & Grain for Sale; Feed, Hay & Grain Wanted

  • All feed, hay and grain ads must include the variety offered for sale.
  • Ads for mulch hay will not be accepted in this category; they will be published in the Fertilizers & Mulches category.

Firewood

  • Firewood must be cut from the advertiser's personal property. Ads for firewood must use the cord when specifying the amount of firewood for sale.

Fish and Supplies

  • Advertisers selling sterile triploid grass carp must submit a current Wild Animal License from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Ads submitted without this license will not be published.
  • If you are faxing or mailing in an ad, the license needs to be sent along with it. For ads submitted online, the license can be attached using the attachments button.
  • For license information, call (770) 761-3044.

Flowers Requiring Permits

  • Advertisers selling officially protected plants must have a permit to sell such plants. Ads submitted without this permit will not be published.
  • If you are faxing or mailing in an ad, the permit needs to be sent along with it. For ads submitted online, the permit can be attached using the attachments button.
  • For information on the sale or shipment of protected plants, call the Protected Plant Program at (770) 918-6411.

Herbs

  • Advertisers selling ginseng must be registered with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and proof of this registration must be submitted with each ad.
  • Ads for ginseng submitted without this registration will not be published.
  • For more information, contact the Georgia Natural Heritage program at (770) 918-6411.

Livestock, Livestock Wanted, Alternative Livestock

  • All livestock must have been in the advertiser's possession for at least 90 days before they can be advertised.
  • Livestock listed must be for specific animals. Generalized ads such as "many breeds of cattle" or "want horses, any amount" will not be published.
  • Ads for free or unwanted livestock will not be published.
  • Ads for cats, dogs, reptiles, rodents and other animals not specifically bred for on-farm use will not be published.

Poultry/Fowl for Sale

  • Mallard ducks must be at least three generations removed from the wild before they can be advertised. Advertisers must include this information in ads, or they will not be published.

Poultry/Fowl Requiring Permit

  • Advertisers selling wood ducks must submit a USDA permit with their ad. Ads for wood ducks that do not have this permit will not be published. For information on these permits, call the US Fish & Wildlife Service Atlanta office at (404)679-7319.
  • Advertisers selling quail must be accompanied by a copy of the commercial quail breeder's license. Ads for quail that do not have this license will not be published. For information on these licenses, call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division at (770) 918-6401.
  • If you are faxing or mailing in an ad, the permit/license needs to be sent along with it. For ads submitted online, the permit/license can be attached using the attachments button.

Swine

  • Advertisers submitting swine ads must submit proof of a negative brucellosis and pseudorabies test from within the past 30 days. Exceptions are swine from a validated brucellosis-free and qualified pseudorabies-free herd; these operations must submit proof of that certification.
  • If you are faxing or mailing in an ad, the test needs to be sent along with it. For ads submitted online, the test can be attached using the attachments button.
  • Buyers are urged to request proof of a negative brucellosis and pseudorabies test prior to purchase.

Things to Eat

  • Advertisers submitting ads using the term "organic" require Certified Organic registration with the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Ads submitted without this registration will not be published.
  • If you are faxing or mailing in an ad, the registration needs to be sent along with it. For ads submitted online, the registration can be attached using the attachments button.
  • For information on this registration, call the Organic Program Manager at (706) 595-3408.

Timber

  • Timber must be individually owned and produced by the advertiser on his personal property. No companies or businesses are allowed to advertise timberland in this category.
  • Timberland advertised must be at least one acre.
  • Timber wanted ads will not be published.

Advertising Guidelines

Advertising Guidelines

(1) All advertisements published in the Market Bulletin must relate directly to the agricultural industry or be a product of the industry. Any item submitted for sale through the Bulletin must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. The item must be produced or raised by the advertiser on his or her own farming operation;
  2. The item must be made by the advertiser from materials on his or her own farm; or
  3. The item must be owned and used by the advertiser on his or her own farming operation and must not be part of a commercial entity’s inventory.

(2) Business and Real Estate Professional Restriction – Classified notices are not permitted for businesses or real estate professionals. A person connected with a business or real estate profession may only advertise items that he or she owns and that are not directly associated with the business or commercial operations.

(3) Submission Requirements – Each classified notice submitted for publication must meet the following requirements:

    (a) The notice must be in writing or be submitted online via agr.georgia.gov;
    (b) The notice must be legible;
    (c) The notice must appear on a single sheet of paper separate from any other notice;
    (d) The notice must be accompanied by the category name and the name, mailing address, street address, telephone number, and subscriber number of the person submitting the notice; and
    (e) The notice must be followed by the below certification statement and the signature of the person submitting the notice.
    “I hereby certify that the above notice meets all necessary requirements for publication in the Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin.”

(4) Legal Requirements – Any item for sale or service offered in a classified notice must conform to all applicable laws and regulations regarding sale and movement. The Editor may summarize any known legal requirements or requirements imposed by the Commissioner in each category’s headnote; however, this summary will not be deemed exclusive should the Editor become aware of other laws or regulations.

(5) License and Permit Requirement – An advertiser must hold all required licenses and permits for any product or service advertised, and all applicable licenses and permits must remain valid throughout the advertising run.

(6) Testing Requirement – An advertiser must appropriately test any product which requires testing, and the results of this test must remain valid throughout the product’s advertising run.

(7) Documentation Requirement – An advertiser must appropriately document any product which requires documentation, and the documentation must remain valid throughout the product’s advertising run.

(8) Additional Restrictions – The following restrictions apply to Classified Notices:

    (a) Handicrafts – All items advertised in the Handicrafts column must be made by the advertiser and not purchased for resale. These items must be usable in the home or on the farm.
    (b) Farm Labor – Only farm work wanted or farm help wanted notices are allowed in the Farm Employment column. Commercial or domestic employment will not be published or advertised.
    (c) Farm Land – Advertisements for the sale, purchase, or rental of farm land may be published in issues specifically designated by the Editor. Commercial or city properties will not be published or advertised. The Editor will determine if property to be advertised can be classified as a farm.
    (d) Farm Machinery and Equipment – Only farm machinery and equipment owned by the advertiser and used in his or her own farming operation can be advertised. A person advertising for machinery and equipment wanted must seek those items for his or her own farming operation.
    (e) Farm Services – Any farm service advertised must be performed by the advertiser personally on the farm of the individual desiring service.
    (f) Livestock – All livestock must have been in the advertiser’s possession for a minimum of 90 days before they can be advertised.
    (g) Pets – Pets are not eligible for advertisement in the Bulletin, with the following exceptions:
    1. Stock dogs – Advertisers must submit a copy of a current Rabies Vaccination Certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian for dogs 12 weeks and older.
    2. Fish – Aquatic animals, including catfish and trout, which are recognized by Georgia’s aquaculture industry.
    (h) Timber – Timber must be individually owned and produced by the advertiser on his or her own property. Timber wanted advertisements will not be published.

    Authority: O.C.G.A. Sec. 2-2-7.

    Publication of Classified Notices

    Without the Editor’s advance special authorization, each subscriber may only run one classified notice in an issue of the Bulletin.

    Following approval, classified notices will be published in only two issues per submission; however, a person may make a written request for publication of a classified notice in up to four consecutive issues. If extended publication is permitted, a new classified notice must be submitted after the four-issue publication period to continue publication of the classified notice.

    Authority: O.C.G.A. Sec. 2-2-7.