The marketing order requires a referendum every six years. Growers are eligible to vote if they have produced walnuts in California from Sept. 1, 2012, through Aug. 31, 2013.
USDA will consider continuing the marketing order if two-thirds of the growers, or growers representing two-thirds of the volume of walnuts in the referendum, vote in favor of continuance.
Notice of the referendum was published in the March 14 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 Andrea Ricci, by mail at USDA, AMS, 2202 Monterey Street, Suite 102B, Fresno, CA 93721-3129; e-mail at Andrea.Ricci@ams.usda.gov; or by phone at 559-487-5901.