Georgia cotton producers have voted to continue their state commodity commission during a recent mail referendum. The referendum passed with 87 percent of the participating producers voting to reaffirm the commission.

Of the 3,404 ballots mailed out, 854 were returned with 25 declared invalid. Of the valid ballots, there were 719 “yes” votes and 110 “no” votes.

The Georgia Cotton Commission is funded through a one-dollar per bale assessment paid by the state's producers. All funds are used to promote Georgia's cotton crop through research, education and promotional activities. The commission supports the University of Georgia Extension Cotton Team and various research programs. Promotional activities include the 4-H Cotton Bowl, FFA Fiber Crop Proficiency Award and the development of a website at www.cottoncommission.org.