Georgia Pecan Corn Assessments and Voluntary Groundwater Conservation Act
**In May balloting, Georgia pecan and corn growers approved the continuation of assessments they pay to support their respective ag commodity commissions.
www.gfb.org reports, the pecan assessment is one cent per pound and is applicable to Georgia pecan growers with 30 acres or more and passed with 82.7% in favor of continuing the assessment.
The corn assessment is one cent per bushel and passed with 92% in favor.
**Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association passed a directive to continue advocating for transparent labeling and inspection of cell-cultured protein products.
While NCBA President Todd Wilkinson says cattle producers aren’t afraid of competition, he knows that consumers will continue choosing real high-quality beef over cell-cultured imitations.
The directive was brought forward by the Tennessee, California, Florida Cattlemen’s Associations and passed during the NCBA’s summer business meeting.
**A bill has been introduced that would help family farmers and ranchers fight drought.
The Voluntary Groundwater Conservation Act gives farmers and ranchers the flexibility to protect groundwater sources while also keeping ag lands in production under a new voluntary groundwater easement program.
The legislation comes as Western aquifers are in decline.
The bill creates a new Groundwater Conservation Easement Program at USDA to encourage voluntary, compensated reductions in groundwater consumption on ag land.