At its April 22nd Board Meeting, the Georgia Cotton Commission Board of Directors approved $688,994 in research funding for the 2021 crop year. This money will go to fund sixteen projects that will be conducted by researchers and extension specialists from the University of Georgia based at the Tifton, Athens, and Griffin. Projects come from a broad range of academic disciplines. The goal of this producer-funded research is to help the cotton producer’s bottom line by conducting research that can either raise yields, promote efficiency, or open new markets.
All projects are vetted by both the Commission Board of Directors and State Support Committee, made up of cotton producers from across the state, and the Commission’s research review committee, which is a select group up of researchers, crop consultants, and local UGA Extension Agriculture/Natural Resource agents.
“In these uncertain times, it is important now, more than ever, that we as the Georgia Cotton Commission provide impactful research to the cotton farmers of Georgia. I am confident that the research we have provided over the years will be the keys that producers will use as they try to remain viable during this period of super depressed markets,” said GCC Chairman Bart Davis, a Colquitt County cotton farmer.
The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. The Commission began in 1965. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment enabling the Commission to invest in programs of research, promotion, and education on behalf of all cotton producers of Georgia. For more information about the Georgia Cotton Commission please call (478) 988-4235 or on the web at www.georgiacottoncommission.org.