California kiwifruit growers will vote from May 15–30 on whether to continue their federal marketing order, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.
A continuance referendum is required every six years. Growers are eligible to vote if they have produced kiwifruit in California from Aug. 1, 2012, through July 31, 2013.
The marketing order will continue if more than 50% of the growers, or growers representing more than 50% of the volume of California kiwifruit in the referendum, vote in favor of continuance.
Notice of the referendum was published in the April 9 Federal Register. The Agricultural Marketing Service will mail ballots and voting instructions to all growers of record. Eligible growers who do not receive a ballot may contact Kathie Notoro at USDA-AMS, 2202 Monterey Street, Suite 102B, Fresno, CA 93721-3129; or Kathie.Notoro@ams.usda.gov; or at (559) 487-5901.