Georgia beef referendum to be held June 1-30
The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef was established at the request of Georgia cattlemen in 2013 by the Georgia Legislature. Georgia beef producers first voted in 2014 to approve a marketing order to establish a $1 per head assessment on all cattle sold in Georgia for beef with a value over $100. It is required that the market order be voted on every three years for continuation.
The voting for the renewal of the assessment by Georgia beef producers will take place from June 1 to June 30. Beef producers should receive a ballot in the mail by early June. If a beef producer does not receive a ballot by June 10; please call 404 656 3680 or go to www.gabeefballot.com to request a ballot. For the ballot to be considered valid, the back of the return envelope must be filled out and signed. Ballots must be postmarked by June 30.
Funds from the assessments are used to fund research, education, and promotion projects for Georgia cattle producers. The marketing order includes beef and dairy breeds sold for use of beef. In the nine years since the assessment began, more than $3 million has been committed to research projects with the University of Georgia and in-state education and promotions which impact producers in Georgia.