University of GeorgiaGeorgia farmers will be voting by mail March 1-30 in a referendum on whether to continue the Georgia Commodity Commission for Corn and the checkoff that funds corn research, promotion and education in the state.
Farmers who grow corn for grain are assessed 1 cent per bushel sold to fund the checkoff. It and the commission must be reconfirmed every three years.
Only Georgia farmers who grew corn in 2004 are eligible to vote. These growers planted 335,000 acres of corn last year and harvested an average 130 bushels per acre.
(Brad Haire is the former news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)