The Georgia Commodities Promotion Act was originally established in 1961 under code section 2-8-1. The “Act” creates a mechanism for agricultural producers to pool their resources together for the purposes of research, promotion and education of the affected commodity. The collection of money is done on per unit or per head basis when the product is sold. The farmer-funded initiative is governed by a 5-member commission of producers with oversight provided by the Commissioner of Agriculture. Since 1961 a number of different commissioners have been formed which include: apples, blueberries, corn, cotton, milk, peaches, pecans, soybeans, tobacco and vegetables.
Georgia cattle producers have expressed an interest in the creation of a commission for beef cattle. During the 2013 legislative session, Senate Bill 97 amended Georgia law allowing cattle producers the opportunity to decide through a vote of eligible producers. An eligible producer is defined as anyone who has owned cattle in Georgia within the last twelve months. In order for the commission to be created, a vote or referendum of the affected producers must be held. Two important qualifications must happen for the ratification of a proposed commission: At least 25 percent of the total number of balloted producers must vote, and Producers must vote to approve the commission by a two-thirds majority.
A ballot may be requested in two ways. You may visit: www.agr.georgia.gov or by writing to the Georgia Department of Agriculture at 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., SW, Rom 324, Atlanta, GA 30334 stating “I would like a ballot for the upcoming referendum for beef commodity commission marketing order.” Include your name, proper address and phone number.
Attached is more information about the process. Please remember the deadline for requesting a ballot is December 31, 2013.
If you need any assistance in requesting a ballot, please feel free to contact me at (478) 994-7014 or by email at email@example.com
Farmers need to check your hayfields for the presence of Bermudagrass Stem Maggot.
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For a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits and all sorts of good eats, visit the Forsyth-Monroe County Farmers Market each Friday from
May 3 - October 25, 2013 at the corner of Jackson & Morse Streets in Forsyth (behind The Farmers Bank)
Sponsored by Forsyth Better Hometown, Monroe County Cooperative Extension, and Ingram Entities.
Address & Phone
Monroe County Extension
P.O. Box 70
90 Martin L. King, Jr. Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029
(478) 994-7017- fax