Georgia beef producers approve continuation of assessment
Posted on Aug 09, 2023 at 0:00 AM
On Aug. 8, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper announced that Georgia's beef producers approved a continuation of a one-dollar market order assessment, which helps support the Georgia Beef Commission.
Voting on the assessment continuation occurred in June and passed with 82% support of beef producers. The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) administers the 14 farmer-funded commodity commission programs. Funds collected by the commissions under grower-approved market orders support each commodity's research, education, and promotion efforts.
“Georgia’s Agriculture Commodity Commissions are essential to strengthening Georgia’s agriculture industry, and these assessments, voted on by producers, are an important part of supporting the commissions’ work,” Harper said. “The assessment approved by Georgia’s beef producers will support education, research, and beef promotion within Georgia, helping ensure our cattlemen’s continued success and giving Georgia consumers greater access to high-quality, Georgia grown beef.”
Over the past nine years, the Georgia Beef Commission has helped support several significant research projects with the University of Georgia. Funded research has addressed topics such as Bermudagrass stem maggots, forages and clovers, antimicrobial issues, heat stress in beef finishing, research equipment, and many others. The commission has also funded UGA Extension beef team programs, response team training, junior stockmanship competitions along with livestock and meat judging programs. The commission also supports consumer promotion activities conducted by the Georgia Beef Board.
The Georgia Beef Commission was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 2013 at the request of the Georgia beef industry and went into effect in 2014. The market order, which allows the assessment, is voted on every three years by beef producers for approval.