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Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Program

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AGENCY:

Agricultural Marketing Service; USDA.

ACTION:

Announcement of the continuation of the sorghum promotion.

SUMMARY:

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing that sorghum producers voting in a national referendum from March 23, 2015, through April 21, 2015, have approved the continuation of the Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order).

DATES:

Effective September 25, 2015.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kenneth R. Payne, Director, Research and Promotion Division; Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, AMS, USDA, Room 2608-S; 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0251; Telephone 202/720-5705; Fax 202/720-1125; or email to Kenneth.Payne@ams.usda.gov, or Craig Shackelford, Marketing Specialist; Research and Promotion Division; Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, AMS, USDA; 22 Jamesport Lane; White, GA 30184; Telephone: (470) 315-4246; or email to craig.shackelford@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 March 23, 2015, through April 21, 2015, 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 1,202 valid ballots cast, 1,160 or 96.5 percent favored the program and 42 or 3.5 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 or importation of sorghum during the period January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2014.

Therefore, based on the referendum results, the Secretary of Agriculture has determined that the required majority of eligible voters who voted in the Start Printed Page 57699nationwide referendum from March 23, 2015, through April 21, 2015, 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 will also be assessed, although, very limited imports exist at this time.

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the information collection requirements have been approved under OMB number 0581-0093.

State Referendum Results

[March 23, 2015, through April 21, 2015]

StateYes votesNo votesTotal eligible votes
Alabama000
Alaska000
Arizona000
Arkansas41041
California000
Colorado49251
Connecticut000
Delaware000
Florida000
Georgia000
Hawaii000
Idaho000
Illinois11213
Indiana000
Iowa202
Kansas28114295
Kentucky202
Louisiana34034
Maine000
Maryland303
Massachusetts000
Michigan000
Minnesota000
Mississippi101
Missouri404
Montana000
Nebraska27027
Nevada000
New Hampshire000
New Jersey000
New Mexico27128
New York000
North Carolina404
North Dakota000
Ohio000
Oklahoma57158
Oregon000
Pennsylvania000
Rhode Island000
South Carolina101
South Dakota34034
Tennessee000
Texas58022602
Utah000
Vermont000
Virginia202
Washington000
West Virginia000
Wisconsin000
Wyoming000
Total1,160421,202
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Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7411-7425.

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Dated: September 18, 2015.

Rex A. Barnes,

Associated Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.

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[FR Doc. 2015-24223 Filed 9-24-15; 8:45 am]

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