Release No.: 033-14
Hakim Fobia (202) 690-0488
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that South Texas onion producers will vote from May 12 - 27, 2014, on whether to continue their federal marketing order.
The marketing order requires that a continuance referendum be held every six years. To be eligible to vote, producers must have produced onions within the designated production area in Texas during the period Aug. 1, 2012, through Jul. 31, 2013.
USDA would consider continuing the marketing order if two-thirds of the growers, or growers representing two-thirds of the volume of Texas onions in the referendum, vote in favor of continuance. Notice of the referendum will be published in the March 14, 2014, Federal Register.
AMS will mail ballots and voting instructions to all producers of record. Eligible producers not receiving ballots may request them from Christian D. Nissen, Regional Director; USDA AMS FV Southeast Marketing Field Office, 799 Overlook Drive, Winter Haven, FL 33884; phone: (863) 324-3375; fax (863) 325-8793; email: Christian.Nissen@ams.usda.gov
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