Georgia Vidalia growers to vote on marketing order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Vidalia onion growers in Georgia will vote Sept. 10-28, 2007, on whether to continue their federal marketing order.

The marketing order requires that a continuance referendum be held every six years.

To be eligible to vote, growers must have produced Vidalia onions within the designated production area, during the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2006.

For the order to continue, at least two-thirds of the producers voting in the referendum, or producers representing two-thirds of the volume of these onions, must vote in favor of the order.

Notice of the referendum was to be published in the May 4, 2007, Federal Register.

AMS will mail ballots and voting instructions to all producers of record. Eligible producers not receiving ballots may request them from Christian D. Nissen, USDA, AMS, 799 Overlook Drive, Suite A, Winter Haven, Fla. 33884-1671; by calling (863) 324-3375; or faxing (863) 325-8793.

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