Jan 13, 2021
Georgia vegetable growers to vote to continue vegetable assessment

Georgia vegetable growers will vote in February (Feb. 1- March 2, 2021) whether to continue the Georgia Vegetable Commission marketing order which allows assessment one cent per marketing unit of vegetables as described in the current marketing order.

The marketing order applies to growers with 50 acres or more of 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.

Funds collected by the Georgia Vegetable Commission are used for research, education and promotion of these crops. It is the policy that the commission allocates at least 75% of money collected toward research projects by the University of Georgia and other research institutions that best serve the Georgia Growers.

Some of the areas previously funded have been on whiteflies, fungal disease diagnoses and control, viral diseases, variety development, fumigation and weed control. The Georgia Vegetable Commission was established by the Georgia General Assembly in 2006 at the request of the Georgia vegetable growers. The marketing order must be re-approved by vote of the eligible vegetable growers every three years by a two-thirds affirmative vote.

If you are a qualified grower and have not received a ballot in the mail by Feb. 10, contact Andy Harrison at – [email protected] or call 404-710-1196.

Andy Harrison, manager, Commodity Commissions ,Georgia Department of Agriculture

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