Advertisers, please review the following ad category guidelines before submitting your advertisement via our web site.
Ag Seed for Sale
Advertisers of agricultural seed must submit a current state laboratory report ( not more than 9 months old) for purity, noxious weeds and germination for each seed lot advertised. A seed lot must be uniform and not exceed 400 50-lb. bags. Laboratory reports will be returned upon request. Any ads for agricultural seed submitted for publication without this documentation will not be published. Certain varieties of seed are protected from propagation unless they are grown as a class of certified seed. For example, wheat seed such as Florida 304, Coker 9152, Coker 9835 and soybean seed, such as 6738, Haskell and Benning, may not be propagated for sale unless the seed has been grown as a class of certified seed. Propagation of such seed is a violation of the Plant Variety Protection Act and the Federal Seed Act. If you have questions regarding certified seed, call the Market Bulletin office or the Georgia Department of Agriculture Seed Division, (404) 656-4958. Note to Web users: State laboratory reports may be submitted with agricultural seed ads via the attachment feature on the web ad submission form.
The Georgia Animal Protection Act requires boarding and breeding facilities to be licensed. Current license number must be submitted with notices for Boarding Facilities. Notices submitted without this information will not be published. For licensing information and applications, call (404) 656-3713 or 1-800-282-5852 and ask for extension 3713.
Equine for Sale
All equine advertised in the Market Bulletin must have had a negative Coggins test within the past 12 months. Negative reports are valid for 12 months from the date the blood sample is drawn. A copy of this test report must accompany the ad each time it is submitted or the notice will be returned to the advertiser. For this reason, generalized ads (i.e., many horses, varieties to choose from, others, etc.) cannot be accepted. Buyers are urged to request verification of a negative Coggins test before purchasing any equine.
Any falsification of Coggins test can result in fines and/or suspension of advertising privileges in the Market Bulletin. This regulation also applies to equine advertised in the “At Stud” and “Boarding” categories of the quarterly equine editions. Note to Web users: Coggins reports may be submitted with equine ads via the attachment feature on the web ad submission form.
Farm Services ads are included in the first issue published each month. Word limit for this category is 30 words. All farm services advertised must be performed on the farm of the individual desiring the service.
Only farm employment may be advertised in the Bulletin. No ads are allowed for domestic help, such as companions, baby sitters, housekeepers, nurse care, etc.
Farmland for Rent/Lease
The Farmland for Rent/Lease category is published in the last issue of each month. Please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting an ad for Farmland for Rent/Lease or Rent/Lease Wanted: When submitting ad, please designate it for the Farmland for Rent/Lease category. Notices to buy or sell farmland are published only in the special fall or spring farmland editions. Ads must not exceed 30 words.
Feed, Hay & Grain for Sale
All hay ads must contain the variety of hay offered for sale; i.e., Coastal bermuda hay, Alicia hay, etc.
Fish and Supplies
Persons selling sterile triploid grass carp must have a Wild Animal License from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Market Bulletin advertisements for sterile carp must be accompanied by a photocopy of the advertiser’s license. For license information, contact DNR Special Permit Unit at (770) 761-3044. Note to Web users: License copy may be submitted with ad via the attachment feature on the web ad submission form.
Flowers for Sale
Flower seed offered for sale has not been tested for germination since it often is collected in very limited quantities.
Flowers Requiring Permits
The Georgia Wildflower Protection Act requires that shipments of officially protected plants be accompanied by transport tags displaying a permit number issued by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Ladyslipper Orchids and Goldenseal are examples of protected plants. When advertising protected plants in the Market Bulletin, please submit a copy of your permit to sell protected plants. Ads submitted without this information will not be published. For further information on the sale or shipment of protected plants, contact: Protected Plant Program, 2117 U.S. Hwy. 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025, (770) 918-6411. Note to Web users: Permit copy may be submitted with your ad via the attachment feature on the web ad submission form.
All livestock (i.e., those animals such as, but not limited to, cattle, equine, goats, sheep, swine, and poultry) must have been in possession of the advertiser for a minimum of 90 days before they can be advertised.
Items listed in the Livestock Wanted category must be for specific livestock; for instance, ‘want 3 or 4-yr. old quarter horses gelding, approx. 16 hds., suitable for moderately experience rider.” Generalized ads, such as “want horses, any amount,” are not acceptable for publication; neither are ads for free or unwanted livestock.
Swine moving from farm to farm must have a negative brucellosis and pseudorabies test within the past 30 days before they are moved whenever there is a change of ownership. Exceptions are swine from a validated brucellosis-free and qualified pseudorabies-free herd. Buyers are urged to request proof of a negative brucellosis and pseudorabies test prior to purchase.
State law requires all ginseng dealers and growers to be registered with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. For more information, contact the Georgia Natural Heritage Program at (770) 918-6411 or at website www.georgiawildlife.com.
The Miscellaneous category includes the following subcategories: bee, honey and supplies; things to eat, herbs; fish and supplies; fertilizers and mulches; oddities; miscellaneous wanted; notices; garden space; notices; out-of-state wanted; firewood, timber; and Christmas trees. Only one ad per household is permitted in the Miscellaneous category.
To help connect suppliers with those in need of poultry litter and compost, the Market Bulletin is now including such advertisements in this portion of the Fertilizers and Mulches category. Ads are subject to the same general guidelines for all Market Bulletin advertisements found on page 2.
Poultry for Sale
Mallard ducks must be at least three generations from the wild before they can be advertised in the Market Bulletin. Advertisers must include this information in notices submitted for publication.
Poultry/Fowl Requiring Permit/License
Advertisements for wood ducks must be accompanied by a USDA permit. Permits are available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Permit Section, P.O. Box 49208. Atlanta, GA 30359. Advertisers must submit a copy of current permit with their first ad. Permit copies will be returned upon request. Advertisements for bobwhite quail must be accompanied by a copy of the advertiser’s commercial quail breeders license. Since this is a state protected bird, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources requires anyone selling bobwhite quail to have this license. For license information, write: DNR, Game and Fish Division, 2189 Northlake Parkway, Suite 108, Tucker, GA 30084. Note to Web users: Permit copy may be submitted with your ad via the attachment feature on the web ad submission form. Note to Web users: Permit copy may be submitted with your ad via the attachment feature on the web ad submission form.
Things to Eat
Use of the term “organic” requires registration with the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Advertisements submitted without certificate of registration for items offered for sale cannot be published. For more information, access the department website www.agr.state.ga.us and link from the home page to the Organic Agriculture page and registration forms. Those who do not have internet access or are unable to download the forms, should contact the Organic Program Manager, Vernon Mullins, at (706) 595-3408. Note to Web users: Certificate copy may be submitted with your ad via the attachment feature on the web ad submission form.
The Alternative Livestock category contains ads for ratites (ostriches, rheas, and emus) as well as other “non-traditional: livestock.
Alternative Livestock Requiring Permit/License
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources regulates many exotic animals, including most hoofed stock except llama and buffalo. However, upon compliance with applicable state regulations, a deer farming license for the commercial production of meat and fiber is available for the following species: fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, elk, red deer, reindeer, and caribou. For more information on the deer farming license, contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404) 656-3667. For information on licenses of other species of hoofed stock (except llama and buffalo), contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources special Permit Unit at (770) 761-3044. Individuals submitting advertisement to buy and sell regulated hoofed stock in the Market Bulletin must provide a photocopy of the appropriate license with their ad. Note to Web users: License copy may be submitted with your ad via the attachment feature on the web ad submission form.
Equine at Stud
Notices included in the At Stud category must be accompanied by a copy of a valid, negative Coggins test (made within the past 12 months); otherwise, they will not be published. Note to Web users: Coggins reports may be submitted with equine ads via the attachment feature on the web ad submission form.
Advertisers in this category also must submit their current boarding license number along with their advertisement. Notices submitted without this information will not be published. For licensing information and applications, call (404) 656-3713 or 1-800-282-5852 (ask for extension 3713), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
All firewood advertised in the Market Bulletin must be cut from the advertiser’s personally owned property. In addition, by law, terms such as face cord, rack, pile, truckload, etc., cannot be used to advertise firewood. Advertisers must use the standard unit of measure, the cord, when specifying the amount of firewood for sale.
The Timber for Sale category is designed to provide an option for forest farmers to market their standing timber. Timber advertised in this category must be individually owned and produced by the advertiser on his/her own property; no companies or businesses are allowed. Timberland advertised must be at least 1 acre. Timber wanted ads are not allowed.
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