Georgia Ag Tax Exemption and World Pear Day December 5th
**Annual renewal for the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption, or GATE program is now open.
GATE cardholders who renew for 2021 will automatically be placed on the new three-year renewal program and will receive their next renewal invoice in 2024.
According to www.gfb.org, all current cards will expire December 31st.
The GATE program was created through legislation to offer qualified ag producers a sales tax exemption on ag equipment and production inputs.
Producers needing assistance can call 855-FARMTAX or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligible farmers can renew online at www.forms.agr.georgia.gov/GATE/.
**USA Pears will launch the 2020 edition of its annual World Pear Day December 5th .
World Pear Day comes as the USDA proclaims December National Pear Month.
While the event has always included a strong digital and social media component, this year's pandemic edition will feature MORE online events.
Pear lovers can connect through USA Pears social media channels and by using and following #WorldPearDay .
**Robert Bonnie, an Obama appointee at the USDA and head of an initiative to identify ag’s role in mitigating climate change, will lead a review of the USDA to prepare the way for the incoming administration.
According to agriculture.com, Biden has narrowed his focus to four issues: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change.
The Washington Post reports, transition team ideas include the creation of a “carbon bank” at the USDA to pay farm and forest owners to store carbon in their soils.