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USDA Holding Referendum for Cranberry Growers
USAgNet - 11/09/2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting a referendum on a proposed amendment to the Cranberry Marketing Committee through Nov. 19. It would authorize the committee to accept financial contributions from domestic sources to help fund research and development activities for cranberries grown in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin and Long Island in New York.

To pass, the proposed amendment must be approved by two-thirds of producers or by producers representing at least two-thirds of the cranberry volume represented in referendum voting. The proposed amendment must also be approved by processors who have frozen or canned more than 50 percent of the volume of cranberries within the production area.

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service mailed ballots and instructions to all producers and processors of record in the marketing order. To vote, producers and processors must have handled cranberries grown in the regulated area between Sept. 1, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2017. Those who didnít receive a ballot may request one.

Authorized by the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, marketing orders are industry-driven programs that help producers and handlers achieve marketing success by leveraging their own funds to design and execute programs that they would not be able to do individually.

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