Georgia peanut farmers reaffirmed the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) by a vote of 87.6 percent during the recent referendum, held March 15 through April 15.
“I appreciate the farmer’s confidence in the commission and we are committed to continue earning that confidence,” says Armond Morris, peanut farmer from Ocilla, Ga., and GPC chairman.
“The commission continues to work together as a partnership between Georgia’s peanut farmers, the commission board and staff, in funding research projects to assist with increasing yield, promoting peanuts and working on the farmers’ behalf in Washington, D.C.”
As required by Georgia state law, the state’s peanut farmers vote on the commission every three years. The ballots were mailed to peanut growers the week of March 15 and the Certified Public Accounting firm of Allen, Pritchett and Bassett counted the ballots returned on April 24.
“For two and a half decades I have been privileged to work with Georgia peanut farmers,” says Don Koehler, GPC’s executive director. “The commission will continue to strengthen profit opportunities for Georgia’s farmers through programs in research, education and promotion.”
Georgia peanut farmers invest $2 per ton each year to the commission that is used in the program areas of research, education, promotion and communication.
For additional information on the Georgia Peanut Commission visit their Web site at www.gapeanuts.com.
(In a vote last year, the state's peanut growers turned down a proposal to increase the assessment by $1 per ton. For that information, visit http://southeastfarmpress.com/peanuts/georgia-peanut-growers-reject-assessment-increase).