Through the program, farmers can apply through the Georgia Department of Agriculture for their GATE card which they can use to receive a sales tax exemption on certain production inputs like fertilizer, seed, and equipment.
Farmers can apply online at agr.georgia.gov or fill out a handwritten application and mail it to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. You can get a copy of the application from the local Extension Office or Walker County Farm Bureau Office. The application fee for the card is $20 for the online version and $25 for the mailed-in applications.
The Georgia Department of Revenue has compiled a proposed list of the agricultural input items that will qualify for this sales tax exemption. They will be accepting comments on this draft list from farmers through December 20th. For a website link to this proposed list, call the Walker County Extension Office at 706-638-2548.
The Walker County Young Farmers have a meeting coming up on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the LaFayette High School Ag Department addressing this topic. There will be a meal included in the meeting that will cost $5 per person. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Dec. 14 by calling them at 706-638-7739. Farmers will have the opportunity at the meeting to sign up for a GATE card online.
Norman Edwards is coordinator of Walker County Extension Service.