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Friday, January 26, 2018
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Georgia Vegetable Growers to Vote on Continuation of Assessment for Market Order
Starting February 1, Georgia vegetable growers will have the opportunity to vote on renewing the grower assessment, which funds the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Vegetables. The Commission is charged by law with providing programs of research, promotion and education on behalf of Georgia vegetable growers.
Most of the funds received by the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Vegetables are committed to research projects regarding issues related to vegetable production to provide growers with the latest information and production techniques. Some of the research projects included: fumigant studies, weed, disease and nematode control, whitefly control, cultivar evaluation and irrigation management. The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Vegetables also funds projects for promotion of Georgia vegetables in various markets.
Voting by eligible vegetable growers with 50 or more acres in total annual production of the following crops - beans, bell pepper, specialty pepper, broccoli, beets, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, greens (including collards, turnip greens, mustard and kale), squash ( including yellow, zucchini and winter squash), sweet potato and tomato - will take place from February 1 through March 2. Growers should receive a ballot in the mail. If a grower does not receive a ballot, please contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture in Atlanta: 404-586-1405. All ballots must be postmarked prior to midnight, March 2 to be counted.###