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Georgia Beef Producers Approve Continuation of Beef Checkoff
Georgia beef producers voted to continue the $1 per head assessment for beef cattle through the renewal of the Beef Commission Marketing Order. Voting members renewed the assessment the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Beef with a 79% favorable vote.
"The 79.48% was a strong affirmation by Georgia beef producers that the funds are important and the projects funded are important to the cattle industry of Georgia", said John Callaway, chairman of the Georgia Beef Commission.
The Georgia Beef Commission was established by the Georgia legislature in 2013 and a commission marketing order was created the year following. The order requires an assessment to be collected on all animals sold for beef in Georgia and must be voted on every three years for continuation.
Assessments collected by the Georgia Beef Commission support education and research project on wellness, feed, breeding and career development for in-state education. Additionally, the commission supports promotion activities to encourage awareness on the nutritional qualities of beef.
Since the inception of the Georgia Beef Commission, approximately 2.5 million dollars has been put to work for the Georgia beef producers.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state's agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.