USDA is seeking comments on proposed amendments to procedures for soybean producers to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order) as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act). USDA also announces the Request for Referendum will be held May 5, 2014, through May 30, 2014, in county offices of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).
The Act requires that a request for referendum be held every five years. The previous request for referendum was held in 2009. Only eligible soybean producers wishing to request a referendum on the Order may participate. Participation in the Request for Referendum is voluntary. Those producers who do not want a referendum on the Order would not participate. For the purposes of the 2014 Soybean Request for Referendum, the number of eligible soybean producers identified through FSA soybean acreage reports for crop years 2011 and 2012 is 569,998.
The proposed amendments to procedures was published as an interim final rule in the March 4, 2014, Federal Register and announced on March 4, 2014, in a USDA News Release. Persons wishing to comment on the interim final rule should go to www.regulations.gov