FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 24, 2017
Office of Communications
Georgia Pecan Producers to Vote on Continuation of Assessment for Market Order
Georgia pecan producers will have the opportunity to vote on renewing the grower assessment, which funds the Georgia Pecan Commission. The current assessment is set at one cent per pound. The Commission is charged by law with providing programs of research, promotion and education on behalf of Georgia pecan producers.
Most of the funds received by the Georgia Pecan Commission are committed to research projects conducted by the University of Georgia and Agriculture Research/USDA regarding issues related to pecan production to provide producers with the latest information and production techniques. Some of the research projects funded included: diseases such as scab, insect control, plant breeding, variety trials, health benefits, and cultural practices. The Georgia Pecan Commission also funds projects for promotion of Georgia pecans in various markets.
Voting by eligible pecan producers with more than 30 acres will take place from April 1st to April 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 Pecan 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.