FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Office of Communications
Georgia Tobacco Producers to Vote on Continuation of Assessment for Market Order
Georgia tobacco farmers will vote on renewing the grower assessment, which funds the Georgia Tobacco Commission. The current assessment is set at 50 cents per hundredweight. The Commission is charged by law with providing programs of research, promotion and education on behalf of Georgia tobacco producers.
Much of the funds received by the Georgia Tobacco Commission are committed to research projects conducted by the University of Georgia regarding issues related to tobacco production, to provide producers with the latest information and techniques to help keep their operations profitable. Some of the projects funded include: diseases, such as Tomato Spotted Wilt and Black Shank; insect control; nematode control programs; sucker control product comparisons; fertility studies and variety trials.
Georgia tobacco farmers planted and harvested approximately 13,000 acres in 2016, valued at $49,169,000. In addition to its monetary value, it is also a significant contributor to local economies where tobacco is grown.
Voting by eligible tobacco producers will take place March 1st-30th. Growers should receive a ballot in the mail and must sign the back of the envelope for the ballot to be valid. Any unsigned ballot envelopes will not be counted. If a grower does not receive a ballot, please contact the Georgia Tobacco Commission in Tifton 229-386-3468, 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.