DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Referendum on Continuation of the Pennsylvania Potato Research Program
[36 Pa.B. 1132]
I. The Pennsylvania Potato Research Program (Program) was established under the provisions of 3 Pa.C.S. Chapter 45 (relating to the Agricultural Commodities Marketing Act) (act). The act requires that the Secretary of Agriculture call a referendum of affected producers every 5 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 2001. 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 March 17, 2006, until 4 p.m. on March 31, 2006. Completed ballots shall be mailed or hand delivered to the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Market Development, Room 310, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408. Hand-delivered ballots must be received by 4 p.m. on March 31, 2006. Ballots that are mailed must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2006, and received no later than April 5, 2006.
III. Notice of Referendum: This referendum order and an official ballot shall be mailed no later than March 10, 2006, to all affected producers whose names appear on the list of Pennsylvania potato growers maintained in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary). Additional copies of the same materials shall be made available at the Office of the Secretary.
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 17, 2006. Potato producers who grow 5 or more acres of potatoes for sale are eligible to vote on the referendum.
V. Counting of Ballots: The ballots will be canvassed and counted by a Teller Committee appointed by the Secretary. The counting of the ballots will begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2006, in the State Agriculture Building, Harrisburg, PA. 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 Harrisburg Patriot 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 not later than 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.
VIII. Effective Date: The foregoing order shall be effective immediately.
DENNIS C WOLFF,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 06-393. Filed for public inspection March 10, 2006, 9:00 a.m.]
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