The USDA recently announced that Vidalia onion producers in Georgia will vote from Sept. 9-27 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, producers must have produced Vidalia onions within the designated production area in Georgia during the period Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012.
USDA would consider terminating the marketing order if less than two-thirds of the producers voting in the referendum and producers of less than two-thirds of the volume of Vidalia onions represented in the referendum favor continuance. Notice of the referendum was published in the July 30, 2013, Federal Register.
AMS will mail ballots and voting instructions to all producers of record. Eligible producers not receiving ballots may request them by contacting:
Christian D. Nissen
USDA AMS FV Southeast Marketing Field Office
799 Overlook Drive
Winter Haven, FL
telephone: (863) 324-337
email: [email protected]