Georgia cotton producers voting on continuation of assessment
By The Georgia Department of Agriculture
Georgia cotton farmers have the opportunity to vote on renewing the $1 bale assessment which funds the Georgia Cotton Commission during a mail referendum that runs to March 16. Voting by cotton producers to March 16. Growers should have received a ballot in the mail. They must sign the back of the ballot envelope for the ballot to be valid when returning. Ballots must be mailed by March 16.
The commission is charged with providing programs of research, promotion and education on behalf of Georgia cotton producers. Throughout the 50-plus year history of the commission, millions of dollars have been invested to enhance their industry.
Many of the funds received by the commission are committed to research projects conducted by the University of Georgia regarding issues related to cotton production to provide producers with the latest information and techniques to keep their operations profitable. Some of the projects funded include work on: Palmer amaranth pigweed, insect control, nematode control programs, product comparisons, fertility studies and varietal trials.
The 2021 UGA Farm Gate Value Report reported the value of Georgia’s cotton crop at $934 million and is currently the second highest grossing agricultural commodity in the state. Cotton is also a significant contributor to the economy of the communities where it is grown in Georgia.
If a grower has not received a ballot, please contact the GCC at (478) 988-4235, or the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404) 586-1405.