DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Referendum Order on Continuation of the Pennsylvania Potato Research Program
[51 Pa.B. 1351]
[Saturday, March 13, 2021]
I. The Pennsylvania Potato Research Program was established under the provisions of the Agricultural Commodities Marketing Act. The Act requires that the Secretary of Agriculture call a referendum of affected producers every five years to determine whether or not a majority of those voting still desire the program. The program was last subjected to a review referendum conducted in 2016. It is now time for another review referendum to determine whether a majority of the potato producers desire the program to continue.
II. Referendum Period: The referendum period shall be from April 5, 2021 until 4 p.m. on April 19, 2021. Completed ballots shall be mailed or hand-delivered to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Market Development, Room 310, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-9408. Hand-delivered ballots must be received by 4 p.m. on April 19, 2021. Ballots that are mailed must be postmarked no later than April 19, 2021 and received no later than April 23, 2021.
III. Notice of Referendum: This referendum order and an official ballot shall be mailed no later than March 29, 2021, to all affected producers whose names appear on the list of Pennsylvania potato producers maintained in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture. Additional copies of the same materials shall be made available at the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture.
IV. Eligible Voters: The rules governing the eligibility of a producer for voting are as follows: The record date for determination of whether a producer is eligible to vote is March 29, 2021. All potato producers who produced, grew, or caused to be grown five (5) or more acres of potatoes for sale or marketing in the Commonwealth in calendar year 2020 and intend to produce, grow, or cause to be grown five (5) or more acres of potatoes for sale or marketing in the Commonwealth in calendar year 2021.
V. Counting of Ballots: The ballots will be canvassed and counted by a Teller Committee appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. The counting of the ballots will begin at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110. The Secretary will announce the results of the referendum within 30 days following the completion of the referendum period. The results will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and the Harrisburg Patriot-News and disseminated to the news media.
VI. Reporting Irregularities: Any irregularities or disputes concerning the referendum procedures must be reported in written form to the Secretary of Agriculture not later than seven (7) calendar days from the end of the referendum period.
VII. Publication: This referendum order shall be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
VIII. Effective Date: The foregoing order shall be effective immediately.
RUSSELL C. REDDING,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 21-377. Filed for public inspection March 12, 2021, 9:00 a.m.]
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