FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Office of Communications
Georgia Pecan Growers Overwhelmingly Approve Continued Pecan Assessment
Georgia pecan growers overwhelmingly voted to extend the assessment of one cent per pound of pecans by producers with more than 30 acres for an additional three years—85.48% of the eligible ballots returned voted yes. The balloting period for the market order was conducted from April 1st to April 30th.
The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Pecans utilizes funds received for pecan research, education and promotion projects. The Commodity Commission for Pecans was established in 1994 by the Georgia State legislature and has continued to support important projects for Georgia pecan growers, with the majority of the funds committed to research projects on: fertility; insects; diseases; plant breeding selection; nutrition; extension; and production practices education; as well as marketing and promotion efforts in e-commerce and other activities.
Georgia ranks No. 1 in the United States in pecan production, and it has a farm gate value of $361 million dollars.
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.