FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 17, 2017
Office of Communications
Georgia Corn Producers to Vote on Continuation of Assessment for Market Order
Georgia Corn producers will have the opportunity to vote on renewing the grower assessment, which funds the Georgia Corn Commission. The current assessment is set at one cent per bushel. The Commission is charged by law with providing programs of research, promotion and education on behalf of Georgia corn producers.
Most of the funds received by the Georgia Corn Commission are committed to research projects conducted by the University of Georgia and Agriculture Research/USDA regarding issues related to corn production to provide producers with the latest information and production techniques. In 2016, the Georgia Corn Commission funded $380,000 to the University of Georgia and USDA projects for research, education and promotion of corn for Georgia farmers. Some of the research projects funded included: diseases such as rust; leaf blights; insect control; aflatoxin; new varieties; water utilization; irrigation management; nematode control programs; fertility studies and variety trials. In addition to research efforts, education and promotion projects included the Corn Short Course and Corn Production Guide for Georgia.
In 2016, Georgia corn farmers planted approximately 400,000 acres of corn which was utilized for poultry and livestock feed, dairy farm corn silage and ethanol production for fuel. It is also a significant economic contributor to local corn growing communities.
Voting by eligible corn producers will take place from March 1st to March 30th. Growers should receive a voting ballot in the mail and must sign the back of the envelope for it to be valid. Any unsigned ballot envelopes will not be counted. If a grower does not receive a ballot, please contact the Georgia Corn Commission or the Georgia Department of Agriculture in Atlanta 404-586-1405.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.