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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-459



Referendum on Continuation of the Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program

[32 Pa.B. 1541]

   I.  The Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program (program) was established under the provisions of the Agricultural Commodities Marketing Act of 1968 (act) (3 P. S. §§ 1001--1012). The act requires that the Secretary 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 1997. It is now time for another review referendum to determine whether a majority of the apple producers desire the program to continue.

   II.  Referendum Period: The referendum period shall be April 1, 2002, until 4 p.m. on April 15, 2002. Completed ballots shall be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Market Development, Room 311, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408. Hand-delivered ballots must be received by 4 p.m. on April 15, 2002. Ballots that are mailed must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2002, and received no later than April 20, 2002.

   III.  Notice of Referendum: This referendum order and an official ballot shall be mailed no later than March 29, 2002, to all affected producers whose names appear on the list of Commonwealth apple producers maintained in the Office of the 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 15, 2002. All apple producers who grow 500 or more apple trees of all ages are eligible to vote.

   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., Thursday, April 25, 2002, 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 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 News.

   VIII.  Effective Date: The order shall be effective as of March 11, 2002.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-459. Filed for public inspection March 22, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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