Georgia peanut, blueberry growers vote to continue assessments
Georgia peanut and blueberry voted to continue funding for their respective agricultural commodity commissions in recent referendums. Georgia’s agricultural commodity commissions are required to hold reaffirmation votes every three years under Georgia law.
The Georgia Peanut Commission received a 94.43% favorable vote in its referendum, the highest the commission has received in its nearly 60-year existence. Balloting was held March 15-April 16.
“I am thankful our board and staff have been able to work in the areas of research, promotion and education of peanuts, as well as support efforts in Washington to maintain legislation that is helpful for peanut farmers, which in turn, continues to allow us to provide a healthy, nutritious product for consumers,” GPC Chairman Armond Morris said.
Georgia peanut farmers invest $2 per ton annually to the commission to be used in the program areas of research, promotion and education. For more information on the GPC and its activities, visit www.gapeanuts.com.
With almost 82% favorable ballots, Georgia blueberry growers voted to continue the assessment of $5 per ton of marketed blueberries for an additional three years The balloting period for the blueberry market order was conducted from March 1-30, 2021.
The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Blueberries utilizes funds for blueberry research, education and promotional projects. The Georgia Blueberry Commission has been actively supporting efforts to encourage the Federal Trade Commission to investigate trade practices of other countries for dumping blueberries into the U.S. market.
The Commission was established by the Georgia State Legislature in 2008 and has continued to support important projects for Georgia blueberry growers, with most of the funds committed to research projects on fertility, variety evaluation, insects, disease management and weed control.