Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.
This notice directs that a referendum be conducted among the eligible producers of peanuts to determine whether they favor continuance of the Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order).
This referendum will be conducted from April 2, 2009, through April 30, 2009. To vote in this referendum, producers must have paid assessments on peanuts produced during the representative period from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2008.
Copies of the Order may be obtained from: Referendum Agent, Research and Promotion Branch (RPB), Fruit and Vegetable Programs (FVP), AMS, USDA, Stop 0244, Room 0632-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0244, telephone: 888-720-9917 (toll free), facsimile: 202-205-2800, e-mail: Jeanette.Palmer@usda.gov. Start Printed Page 7831End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Pursuant to the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 7411-7425) (Act), it is hereby directed that a referendum be conducted to ascertain whether continuance of the Order is favored by producers of peanuts covered under the program. The Order is authorized under the Act.
The representative period for establishing voter eligibility for the referendum shall be the period from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2008. Persons who are producers of peanuts and paid assessments at the time of the referendum and during the representative period are eligible to vote. Persons who received an exemption from assessments for the entire representative period are ineligible to vote. The referendum shall be conducted by mail from April 2, 2009, through April 30, 2009.
Section 518 of the Act authorizes continuance referenda. Under section 1216.82 of the Order, the Department of Agriculture (Department) shall conduct a referendum every five years or when 10 percent or more of the eligible voters petition the Secretary of Agriculture to hold a referendum to determine if persons subject to assessment favor continuance of the Order. The Department would continue the Order if continuance of the Order is approved by a simple majority of the producers voting in the referendum.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the referendum ballot has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and assigned OMB NO. 0581-0093. It has been estimated that there are approximately 10,840 producers who will be eligible to vote in the referendum. It will take an average of 15 minutes for each voter to read the voting instructions and complete the referendum ballot.
Jeanette Palmer and Sonia Jimenez, RPB, FVP, AMS, USDA, Stop 0244, Room 0632-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0244, are designated as the referendum agents to conduct this referendum. The referendum procedures 7 CFR 1216.100 through 1216.107, which were issued pursuant to the Act, shall be used to conduct the referendum.
The referendum agents will mail the ballots to be cast in the referendum and voting instructions to all known producers prior to the first day of the voting period. Persons who are producers and paid assessments at the time of the referendum and during the representative period are eligible to vote. Persons who received an exemption from assessments during the entire representative period are ineligible to vote. Any eligible producer who does not receive a ballot should contact the referendum agent no later than one week before the end of the voting period. Ballots must be received by the referendum agent by the April 30, 2009 deadline, in order to be counted.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 1216
- Administrative practice and procedure
- Consumer information
- Marketing agreements
- Peanut promotion
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
Dated: February 13, 2009.
James E. Link,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E9-3601 Filed 2-19-09; 8:45 am]
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