Lamb referendum dates set

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Jan 3, 2005
by WLJ
The voting period for the lamb referendum will be Jan. 31 through Feb. 28, according to the notice published in the Dec. 27 issue of the Federal Register.
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) also announced the final referendum rules under the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Order, more commonly known as the American Lamb Board or Lamb Checkoff Program.
“We are pleased that the voting period has been scheduled. The effort that countless individuals and USDA have generated to get to this point is incredible,” said Spence Rule, chairman of the American Lamb Board.
The referendum will be conducted at USDA's county Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices.
To be eligible to participate, you must provide documentation, such as a sales receipt, that shows that you were engaged in the production, feeding or slaughtering of lambs during the period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2004.
For a sample ballot visit: http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsg/mpb/rp-lamb.htm. For more information about the referendum contact Kenneth R. Payne at 202/720.1115, or by e-mail at Kenneth.Payne@usda.gov.
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