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Senate Bill 396 Passes out of the Senate
ATLANTA (March 5, 2020) | On Monday, the Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 396, sponsored by Sen. Larry Walker (R – Perry). SB 396 would designate the pecan as the official state nut of Georgia.
“Georgia has consistently ranked as one of the top pecan producing states in the nation and I am proud of the passage of this bill, which will create an additional marketing opportunity for our local farmers,” said Sen. Walker, “After Hurricane Michael, our state’s agricultural community experienced several devastating setbacks and pecan farmers accounted for a significant portion of that with the loss of nearly 30,000 acres. While Senate Bill 396 recognizes the rich history of the pecan, as well as its numerous health and culinary uses, I believe it will have a resounding impact on Georgia’s agriculture industry and the ability of our farmers to promote trade and expand economically.”
SB 396 highlights the pecan’s characterization as the only edible nut native to North America and its agricultural popularity throughout the years. Additionally, the bill recognizes Georgia’s over 170,000 acres of pecan trees, and its involvement in increasing public recognition and demand for Georgia Grown branded products. SB 396 has been sent to the House for consideration.
To read SB 396 and track its progress, you can follow this link: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20192020/SB/396.
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Sen. Larry Walker serves as the Majority Caucus Vice Chairman. He represents the 20th Senate District, which includes Bleckley, Houston, Laurens and Pulaski counties. He may be reached by phone at 404.656.7454 or by email at email@example.com.