DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program; Increased Rate of Assessment
[26 Pa.B. 2214]
Under the applicable provisions of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Commodities Marketing Act of 1968, a referendum was held from March 25 to April 8, 1996, to determine if the producers affected by the Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program desired to amend the Program. The amendment increases the rate of assessment as follows:
The rate of assessment beginning with the 1996--97 marketing season shall be 12¢ per bushel of apples sold for fresh market use and 6¢ per 100 pounds of apples sold or accepted for processing. Beginning with the year 2000--01 marketing season and thereafter, the rate of assessment shall be 15¢ per bushel of apples sold for fresh market use and 8¢ per 100 pounds of apples sold or accepted for processing.
In order to pass, a majority by number and by volume of eligible producers voting had to vote in favor of the amendment. An impartial Teller Committee met on April 12, 1996, to count the ballots. The following results were submitted to me by the Teller Committee: a total of 140 eligible votes were cast, representing a total volume of 6,019,796 bushels, with 84 or 60% voting in favor and 56 or 40% voting against the amendment. The producers voting in favor of the amendment represented 4,194,203 bushels or 69.7% of the total volume of the producers voting, and the producers voting against the amendment represented 1,825,593 bushels or 30.3% of the total volume of producers voting. There were seven spoiled or ineligible ballots.
Because a majority of the votes by number and by volume were cast in favor of the amendment of the Program, the Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program shall be amended as described above.
CHARLES C. BROSIUS,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-764. Filed for public inspection May 10, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]
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