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Georgia Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin

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Georgia Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin
EditorAmy H. Carter
PublisherGeorgia Department of Agriculture
Year founded1917
First issueMarch 1, 1917
Based inAtlanta, Georgia, United States

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Georgia Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin, previously known as Georgia Farmers Market Bulletin, is a newspaper published by the Georgia Department of Agriculture as a medium of exchange for Georgia residents engaged in agriculture. The Bulletin publishes classified advertising for ag-related items and news content focusing on agriculture. The offices of the Market Bulletin is located in the state agriculture building in Atlanta, Georgia. [1]


The first issue of the Georgia Farmers Market Bulletin published on March 1, 1917 during the first term of Georgia Agriculture Commissioner J.J. Brown. The Bulletin was established along with the Georgia Bureau of Markets to encourage farmers to diversify their crops after the boll weevil infestation began in 1915 and disseminated cotton crops across the Southeastern United States. Brown’s intention for the bureau and the Market Bulletin was to provide a means for growers to find markets for their new crops. [2] [3]

The Market Bulletin published weekly from its beginning through 2003 when budget cuts reduced it to a twice-monthly publication. The paper was free until 2011, when the Department of Agriculture began charging an annual subscription. The Georgia State House issued a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Market Bulletin on March 1, 2017.[4]

An Atlanta Journal Constitution article from March 22, 2010 outlined the debate on ending the publication of the Market Bulletin due to budget cuts, the subsequence decision to charge a subscription and its relevance as a print publication (the Bulletin had been offered free to all Georgia residents). The Market Bulletin also went from a weekly to a biweekly to save on production costs.[5]

Products and features[edit]

The Market Bulletin continues to publish a print edition and an online version on its Web site. Editorial articles found in the Bulletin concern Georgia's agricultural sector and interests of farmers, gardeners and consumers. The Market Bulletin's classified section covers items, produce, livestock and other items subscribers offer to sell. Other features include:

  • Annual special section on Christmas tree sales at Georgia farms.
  • Livestock auction and sale calendar.
  • Events calendar that includes any events promoting agriculture, arts and crafts and Georgia Grown products.
  • Cooking Georgia Grown: A recipe using Georgia Grown ingredients.
  • Georgie's Drive: A travel column describing visits to locations and historical places pertaining to Georgia's agricultural industry
  • Georgia Grown Profile: features on Georgia-based agricultural and food entrepreneurs who are members of the Department of Agriculture's Georgia Grown marketing program.[6]


  1. "Home page", "The Georgia Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin" website
  2. "JJ Brown bio", "Georgia Department of Agriculture" website
  3. "James Price bio", "Georgia Department of Agriculture" website
  4. "Georgia State House or Representatives resolution", "Georgia General Assembly" website
  5. "AJC article Readers wrapped up in the Market Bulletin", "Atlanta Journal Constitution" website
  6. "Market Bulletin remains medium of exchange for farm goods", "Farm Flavor" website

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