GCC Encourages Applicants for Commodity Commission

Clint Thompson Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC)


By Clint Thompson

The Georgia Cotton Commission encourages those growers interested in serving on the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for cotton to apply before the May 30 deadline.

Farmers must be a producer of the commodity of the commission, commit to attend meetings and represent the growers of their specific commodity.

“Several of Georgia’s agricultural commodity commissions, their producer board members are nominated and appointed by what’s called the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission Ex-Officio committee. It is made up of course by our commissioner of agriculture Gary Black, president of Georgia Farm Bureau Tom McCall and two producers selected by the legislature to appoint the members of the various commodity commissions. We’re no exception here at the cotton commission. We have two spots where our board members’ terms are expiring,” said Taylor Sills, executive director of the Georgia Cotton Commission.

Taylor Sills

“I would encourage any producer that is interested in serving in any of the commissions, if you want to get more involved in the work that the commissions are doing in research, promotion and education on behalf of those producers of that commodity, I encourage anyone to apply that’s interested. It’s a very unique setup that we have here. But I think as our referendum results have shown, it works.”

Applicants are being sought for other commodities as well, including apple, beef, blueberry, corn, cotton, equine, milk, peach, pecan, tobacco and vegetable.

Nominations can be completed using the nomination form.  For more information or to submit forms contact Andy Harrison at andy.harrison@agr.georgia.gov or by mail at:

Attn: Andy Harrison
Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 MLK Jr. Drive S.W.
Room 320
Atlanta, GA 30334