Indianapolis, May 6, 2014 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act).

USDA Sets Date for Soybean Request for Referendum – May 5 – 30, 2014

Contact:
Donna Ferguson (317) 290-3315
donna.ferguson@in.usda.gov

Indianapolis, May 6, 2014 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act).

The Act requires that a request for referendum be held every five years following the initial referendum. The previous request for referendum was held in 2009. Only eligible soybean producers wishing to request a referendum on the Order participate. Those producers who do not want a referendum on the Order would not participate. Participating in the request of referendum is voluntary. Eligible producers participating in the request for referendum must certify that they or the entity they are authorized to represent paid an assessment at some time during January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2013. USDA will conduct a referendum only if at least 10 percent of all eligible soybean producers, no more than one-fifth of which may be soybean producers in any one state, request a referendum.

Producers may obtain a form by mail, fax, or in person from your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office starting on May 5, 2014 through May 30, 2014. Forms are also available on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website. Producers who don’t participate in FSA programs can still request a referendum at the FSA county office where they own or rent land. To locate your local county office click here.

Completed forms and supporting documentation must be returned to the appropriate FSA county office by fax or in person no later than close of business May 30, 2014. If returned by mail, it must be postmarked by midnight May 30, 2014, and received in the office by close of business on June 5, 2014.

For more information, visit the AMS website or contact James Brow, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Research and Promotion Division, Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, AMS, USDA, STOP 0251, Room 2610-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-0251; tel. (202) 720-0633, e-mail James.Brow@ams.usda.gov; or fax (202) 720-1125.

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