Commissioner Harper Thanks Speaker Burns, Chairman Hatchett for Additional Soil Amendment Program Funds

Dan Georgia, Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), Soil

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(GDA/Atlanta, GA/March 8, 2023) — Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper issued a statement thanking Georgia House Speaker John Burns and House Appropriations Chairman Matt Hatchett for appropriating an additional $550,000 in the House of Representatives FY23 amended budget to strengthen Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Soil Amendment Program.

“I am thankful that $550,000 has been allocated for soil amendment regulation and enforcement in the House Budget this year” said Commissioner Harper. “Since taking office, I have worked closely with leaders in the General Assembly to strengthen our Soil Amendment Program at the Department to ensure the safety, health, and wellbeing of every Georgia consumer while also supporting and advancing our state’s number one industry. I want to thank Speaker Burns and Chairman Hatchett for their leadership on this critically important issue – and look forward to working with the Senate to secure these resources for our state’s number one industry.”

In February, Commissioner Harper delivered a letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen, Robert Dickey and Russ Goodman, informing them that the Department was proceeding with a 90-day review to examine the newly promulgated soil amendment rules that were finalized prior to Commissioner Harper taking office. The review is currently ongoing.

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