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Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Program

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AGENCY:

Agricultural Marketing Service; USDA.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing that lamb producers, feeders, seedstock producers, and first handlers of lamb and lamb products voting in a national referendum from February 2, 2009, through February 27, 2009, have approved the continuation of the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kenneth R. Payne, Chief; Marketing Programs Branch, Livestock and Seed Program; Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA, Room 2628-S; STOP 0251; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC 20250-0251, telephone number 202/720-1115, fax number 202/720-1125, or by e-mail at: Kenneth.Payne@ams.usda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (Act) (7 U.S.C. 7411-7425), the Department of Agriculture conducted a referendum from February 2, 2009, through February 27, 2009, among eligible lamb producers, feeders, seedstock producers, and first handlers of lamb and lamb products to determine if the Order would continue to be effective. Procedures used in conducting this referendum are set forth in 7 CFR part 1280, subpart E. A final rule amending this subpart was published in the December 16, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 76193).

Of the 1,971 valid ballots cast, 1,678 (85.1 percent) favored and 293 (14.9 percent) opposed the continuation of the Order. Additionally, of those persons who cast valid ballots in the referendum, those who favored the Order accounted for 93 percent of the total production voted, and those opposed account for 7 percent of the total production voted. For the program to continue, it must have been approved by at least a majority of those persons voting for approval who were engaged in the production, feeding, or slaughter of lambs during calendar year 2008 and who also represent a majority of the volume of lambs produced, fed, or slaughtered.

Therefore, based on the referendum results, the Secretary of Agriculture has determined that the required majority of eligible voters who voted in the nationwide referendum from February 2, 2009, through February 27, 2009, voted to continue the Order. As a result, the Lamb Checkoff Program will continue to be funded by a mandatory assessment on producers, seedstock producers (breeders), feeders, and exporters at the rate of one-half cent ($.005) per pound when live ovine animals are sold. The first handler, primarily packers, pay an additional $.30 cents per head on ovine animals purchased for slaughter. Importers are not assessed.

State Referendum Results

[February 2, 2009, through February 27, 2009]

VotesVolume voted
StateYesNoYesNo
Arizona5050,7940
California12651,099,7759,188
Colorado607950,09518,590
Georgia4124412
Idaho381144,2371,625
Illinois2652,6891,022
Indiana4343,920939
Iowa8915409,0032,353
Kansas28713,4451,496
Kentucky2413,741450
Maine1514174
Maryland921,274102
Massachusetts7138741
Michigan55915,1291,768
Minnesota661627,3674,348
Missouri3999,605526
Montana14640120,83719,733
Nebraska25105,5752,112
Nevada9130,9166,000
New Hampshire72844434
New Jersey603770
New Mexico1527,45954
New York21103,6035,881
North Carolina2412,042307
North Dakota25118,2871,425
Ohio1002419,9345,209
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Oregon51937,1794,373
Pennsylvania49115,32130,607
South Dakota924369,21682,413
Tennessee2231,215110
Texas1586203,43747,536
Utah803161,3774,457
Virginia1574,388997
Washington35023,6770
West Virginia5049,728278
Wisconsin2864,2324,438
Wyoming7211212,22411,406
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, & Vermont 11456,09210,407
National Totals1,6782933,670,082280,641
1 To ensure the confidentiality of the voting process, the results of States in which there were not at least 3 votes in total with a minimum of one vote in each category are combined for the purpose of this report.
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Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7411-7425 and 7 U.S.C. 7401.

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Dated: July 14, 2009.

David R. Shipman,

Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.

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[FR Doc. E9-17032 Filed 7-17-09; 8:45 am]

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