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Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Program; State Referendum Results

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AGENCY:

Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Announcement of referendum results.

SUMMARY:

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing that sorghum producers voting in a national referendum from February 1, 2011, through February 28, 2011, have approved the continuation of the Sorghum 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 1, 2011, through February 28, 2011, among eligible sorghum producers, and importers to determine if the Order would continue to be effective. A final rule was published in the November 18, 2010, Federal Register (75 FR 70573) outlining the procedures for conducting the referendum.

Of the 1,204 valid ballots cast, 917 or 76.2 percent favored the program and 287 or 23.7 percent opposed continuing the program. For the program to continue, it must have been approved by at least a majority of those eligible persons voting for approval who were engaged in the production and sale of sorghum during the period July 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2010.

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 1, 2011, through February 28, 2011, voted to continue the Order. As a result, the Sorghum Checkoff Program will continue to be funded by a mandatory assessment on producers, and importers at the rate of 0.6 percent of net market value of grain sorghum and 0.35 percent of net market value for sorghum forage, sorghum hay, sorghum haylage, sorghum billets, and sorghum silage. Imports of such products would also be assessed, although, very limited imports exist at this time.

State Referendum Results

[February 1, 2011 through February 28, 2011]

StateYes votesNo votesTotal eligible votes
Alabama000
Alaska000
Arizona000
Arkansas18018
California000
Colorado201232
Connecticut000
Delaware000
Florida000
Hawaii000
Idaho000
Illinois21728
Indiana246
Iowa000
Kansas247183430
Maine000
Maryland426
Massachusetts000
Michigan000
Minnesota000
Mississippi000
Missouri12719
Montana000
Nebraska26935
Nevada000
New Hampshire000
New Jersey000
New Mexico26329
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New York000
North Dakota000
Ohio000
Oklahoma381351
Oregon000
Pennsylvania000
Rhode Island000
South Dakota606
Texas48645531
Utah000
Vermont000
Washington000
West Virginia000
Wisconsin000
Wyoming000
Combined Total for States with 3 or Fewer Eligible Votes: Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia11213
Total9172871,204
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Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7411-7425.

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Dated: May 12, 2011.

David R. Shipman,

Acting Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 2011-12134 Filed 5-17-11; 8:45 am]

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