Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Blueberries feature

Apr 24, 2024
Georgia blueberry growers extend assessment

Georgia blueberry growers have approved extending their state’s blueberry assessment.

As a result of the vote, the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Blueberries will continue for another three years.

Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for BlueberriesOn April 24, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper announced that the state’s blueberry growers voted to extend the assessment for an additional three years.

The balloting was conducted March 1-30. The extension passed with 71% voting in favor, according to a news release.

Georgia blueberry growers pay a $5 per ton assessment on marketed blueberries.

Georgia Growers marketing 2,000 pounds or more of blueberries are subject to the assessment, ensuring continued support for the research, education, and promotion to support Georgia’s blueberry industry, according to the news release.

blueberries Georgia ExtensionEstablished by the Georgia State Legislature in 2008, the commission helps advance Georgia’s blueberry industry. It allocates funds toward projects that encompass a variety of endeavors, from breeding and genetic improvements to fertility studies, variety evaluations, insect and disease management, and weed control. The commission has also advocated for fair trade practices, urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate instances of blueberry dumping into the U.S. market.

Originally planted as a replacement crop for tobacco, blueberries are the No. 1 fruit produced in Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the University of Georgia Extension. The state’s growers annually produce 39 million pounds on 18,328 acres valued at over $120 million, according to the Extension.

Nationally, Georgia is third in both blueberry and peach production.

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