October 14 is the deadline for voting on the continuation of the Georgia Tobacco Commission. Ballots for the referendum were mailed to growers on September 10. An eligible grower can request a ballot by calling the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404)656-3678 or the Georgia Tobacco Commission at 1-800-425-7675. The commission’s purpose is to promote Georgia tobacco and support research and education for it. Its programs are funded by an assessment of 30 cents per 100 pounds of tobacco produced and sold in Georgia. The commission works cooperatively with the University of Georgia Tobacco Team to address production problems of Georgia tobacco.