Georgia Peanut Commission receives high approval

Georgia Peanut Commission receives high approval

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Peanut Commission got its highest approval rating from peanut growers in more than 50 years.

More than 90 percent of growers who voted in a recent referendum want to continue funding the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Peanut farmers must take the vote every three years.

Commission leaders believe the strong support is a reflection of their efforts on the farm bill.

"This was the highest percentage of favorable votes that we had and it's likely due to our recent lobbying in Washington to get the Farm Bill that we currently have," said Tim Burch, Reps 1st District Georgia Peanut Commission.

Georgia peanut farmers invest $2 per ton of peanuts sold each year in the commission which uses the money for research, education, promotion and communication.

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