Peach Marketing Order referendum notices have been posted on the Florida Administrative Record and will be posted December 19 & 20, 2015, in The (Lakeland)Ledger, Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Tribune and Gainesville Sun in order to canvass the majority of the Peach growing region in Florida that will be affected by the proposed marketing order. Attached is a copy of the notice.
I have also attached a copy of the proposed marketing order as it has been written to be included in the referendum ballot being distributed on January 5, 2016.
The ballots will be mailed to all growers and handlers whose addresses are known to FDACS as accumulated through sign-in sheets compiled at hearings, lists supplied through industry and to County Extension Offices in the affected marketing area on January 5, 2016. They will include a copy of the proposed Peach Marketing Order, a letter/ballot and two envelopes (one ballot envelope and one return envelope). The last day of ballot collection will be January 22, 2016. Any ballots received after 4:30 PM, January 22, 2016 will not be opened. Ballots will be tallied no later than January 29, 2016 and the referendum certified no later than February 8, 2016. (The last two items may occur earlier depending upon the number of ballots received. These two dates are the latest dates on which these specific activities may occur.)
A post office box has been set up to receive ballots:
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES
DIVISION OF MARKETING
PO BOX 11297
TALLAHASSEE, FL 32302
Division of Marketing and Development
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(850) 617-7301 Fax
The Mayo Building
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800