Cotton farmers, voting for the referendum

Every three years, cotton farmers head to polls and vote to maintain the Cotton Commodity referendum, and now is the time to do so./ Jarvis Robertson

Every three years, cotton farmers head to polls and vote to maintain the Cotton Commodity referendum and now is the time to do so.

The Georgia Cotton Commission advocates for cotton farmers in the state.

"If the cotton commodity is not reaffirmed then all of the benefits a producer would receive would no longer apply," said Chris Chammoun of the Georgia Cotton Commission.

Having those benefits are necessary for farmers.

"They do research for different varieties. We got new varieties coming on a regular basis. We need to know which ones are yielding the best and have the best quality for us," said James Webb of Harvey Jordan Farms.

Without the cotton commission, cotton farming could be costly.

"We typically spend around $600,000 a year on research with the University of Georgia," Chammoun said.



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