FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 17, 2017
Office of Communications
Georgia Tobacco Producers Overwhelmingly Approve Continued Tobacco Assessment
Georgia tobacco producers overwhelmingly voted to extend the assessment of fifty cents per hundredweight of tobacco for an additional three years—90.6% of the eligible ballots returned voted yes. The balloting period for the market order was conducted from March 1st to March 30th.
The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Tobacco utilizes funds received for tobacco research, education and promotion projects. The Commodity Commission for Tobacco was established in 1962 by the Georgia State legislature and has continued to support important projects for Georgia tobacco producers, with the majority of the funds committed to research projects on: sucker control, nematode, disease, variety trials and fertility projects, as well as tobacco extension programs.
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.