Georgia Peanut & Cotton Commissions approve research funding
The boards of directors for the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) and the Georgia Cotton Commission recently announced research project funds for the state’s top two row crops.
The GPC board of directors approved $795,205 in research project funding for the 2022-23 research budget year. This action was taken during the GPC’s March board meeting. The research projects approved include 36 project proposals submitted from the University of Georgia, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Fort Valley State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
“As a peanut grower, I’m proud to invest in the Georgia Peanut Commission and in the future of the peanut industry by supporting research that continues to demonstrate a return on our investment,” said GPC Research Committee Chairman Donald Chase, of Macon County. “We are proud of our partnership with research institutions and look forward to seeing the results which will benefit farmers in the state and enhance the sustainability of our crop.”
Georgia’s peanut growers invest $2 per ton annually toward GPC research, promotion and education programs. The research programs primarily focus on peanut breeding, conservation methods, irrigation and water management, as well as management of pests, weeds and diseases.
Additionally, GPC manages funding for the Southeastern Peanut Research Initiative, which includes research funding of $1,019,686 for projects in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. These projects are funded through the National Peanut Board checkoff dollars from farmers.
For additional information and a complete list of the research projects funded by the Georgia Peanut Commission visit www.gapeanuts.com.
The Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) Board of Directors approved $770,924 in research for the 2023 crop year during the March board meeting.
The money will fund 20 projects that will be conducted by University of Georgia researchers and Extension specialists. Projects include the UGA cotton team researching resistant weeds, evaluating the economics of conservation production, monitoring water use efficiency, and many more. The goal of this producer-funded research is to help cotton producers by conducting research that can either raise yields, promote efficiency or open new markets.
All projects are vetted by the GCC Board of Directors and the GCC State Support Committee, made up of Georgia cotton producers and the commission’s research review committee, comprised of researchers, crop consultants and local UGA Extension Agriculture/Natural Resource agents.
“Our board is committed to providing the cotton farmer valuable research that will make a positive impact on the farm,” said GCC Chairman Bart Davis, a cotton farmer from Colquitt County. “It is important for us to be good stewards of producers’ money and make strategic investments by funding research that benefits our growers and their farms.”