Georgia vegetable growers approve continued assessment
The Georgia Vegetable Commission marketing order has been extended for an additional three years.
Georgia vegetable growers overwhelming voted to extend the assessment of one cent per marketing unit on producers with over 50 acres of any of the following crops - green beans, bell pepper, specialty pepper, carrots, broccoli, beets, eggplant, cabbage, sweet potatoes, cantaloupes, cucumbers, greens, squash and tomato.
The balloting period for the market order was conducted from Feb. 1 through March 2, and 87.67 % of the eligible ballots returned supported continuing the assessment.
The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Vegetables utilizes funds for vegetable research, education and promotional projects. The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Vegetables was established by the Georgia State Legislature in 2006 and has continued to support important projects for Georgia vegetable growers, with the majority of the funds (75%) committed to research projects on whiteflies, fumigants, insects, disease management, weed control and other needs relevant to Georgia vegetable producers.