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Appointments to Serve on the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions


Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
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Atlanta, GA 30334

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Press Release
Thursday, August 3, 2017
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Appointments to Serve on the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions

The Ex Officio Committee for the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions met on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, to make the following appointments to serve on the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions:

Apple Commission:
David Lillard, Fannin County

Blueberry Commission:
Steve Mullis, Bacon County
Russ Goodman, Clinch County
Shane Wade, Bacon County

Corn Commission:
Robby Brett, Jefferson County
Randy Dowdy, Brooks County
Rodney Harrell, Lee County

Cotton Commission:
Lee Cromley, Bulloch County
John Ruark, Morgan County
Chris Hopkins, Toombs County

Equine Commission:
Ron Smith, Camden County

Milk Commission:
Tim Camp, Putnam County
Judd Chambers, Jones County
Pete Gelber, Macon County

Peach Commission:
Jeff Wainwright, Taylor County
Duke Lane III, Peach County
Lee Dickey, Crawford County

Pecan Commission:
Lanair Worsham Jr., Mitchell County
RG Lamar, Pulaski County

Soybean Commission:
Greg Mims, Seminole County
Tony Smith, Baker County
Mark Arial, Franklin County
Joe Moore, Gordon County (term to expire 2019)
Brian Ogletree, Lamar County (term to expire 2019)

Tobacco Commission:
Carlos Vickers, Berrien County
Brant Clifton, Bulloch County

Vegetable Commission:
Dick Minor, Sumter County

Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions are created by the Georgia Legislature and receive funds from farmer-approved market orders, which allow for collection of assessments on sale of the commodity. Funds received by the commodity commission can be spent for research, education and promotion of the commodity. The Equine Commission receives its funds from the sale of the Equine Specialty License plate for motor vehicles. Commission member terms are three years.


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