The Georgia Peanut Commission will hold a referendum March 16 through April 15 giving peanut producers an opportunity to vote on reaffirming the commission. State law mandates that a referendum be held every three years.
Georgia peanut producers invest $2 per ton to fund the commission and its research, education, promotion and communication programs. The last referendum in 2012 passed with an 87.6 percent reaffirmation.
"I urge all peanut producers to vote in this referendum. Research, education, and promotion continue to be the core focus of the commission," says Armond Morris, GPC chairman and Irwin County peanut farmer. "With continuing budget cuts at the federal and state level it is extremely important for growers to continue to focus their efforts on supporting research and promotional efforts through their checkoff dollars. One way for farmers to do that is by continuing their support of the Georgia Peanut Commission."
GPC Executive Director Don Koehler urges producers to contact him by email at [email protected] or 229-386-3470 if they have any questions about the commission's activities or the referendum.
Peanut producers who do not receive a ballot may obtain one by calling the commission. The commission requests that anyone who receives a ballot but is no longer farming to write, "no longer producing" on the certification envelope and return it to the commission. This will assist the commission in updating its mailing list. The commission's address is P.O. Box 967, Tifton, Georgia 31793.
The Certified Public Accounting Firm of Allen, Pritchett, and Bassett will count the votes.