Published on 06/04/09

New commission may be on horizon

By University of Georgia

On April 29, Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill to allow Georgia’s horticulture industry to hold a referendum to create a commodity commission for ornamental horticulture.

Town hall-type meetings will be held across the state to give producers a chance to learn more about the program, the way it would operate and the people who would be elected to shape the program’s future.

The meeting dates and locations are:

June 9 - Sugar Hill Nurseries, 2122 Highway 341 South, Yatesville, Ga., 31097

June 11 - Wakoola Water Gardens, 5235 Union Hill Rd, Cumming, Ga., 30040

June 16 - Casa Mexico, 311 GA Hwy 49 North, Byron, Ga., 31008

June 17 - Ag Center, 65 11th Avenue, NE, Cairo, Ga., 39828

June 18 - ABAC, Horticulture Building, Tifton, Ga., 31793

June 23 - Christ Church at Whitewater, 1577 Highway 85 South, Fayetteville, Ga., 30215

June 30- Jasper Extension Office, 109 Depot Street, Jasper, Ga., 30143

All producers of ornamental horticulture products are encouraged to attend, regardless of their operation’s size. Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. with a complementary cookout.

For directions to the meetings or to learn more, go to the Web site

Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.