Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Marketing and Development  



    Division of Marketing and Development

    Citrus Referendum Announcement

    The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announces a referendum on the proposed continuation of the Citrus Research Order in which all producers of citrus in Florida are invited to participate.

    TIME PERIOD FOR REFERENDUM: Ballots and copies of the proposed order will be mailed to all citrus producers affected who are in the state and whose names and addresses are known on January 20, 2016. Ballots and copies of the proposed order may be obtained from county extension offices in Desoto, Polk, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, and St. Lucie counties by producers not receiving them by mail, or by calling Chris Denmark at (850)617-7341 or Shayla Ivey at (850)617-7306.

    The date by which ballots must be returned to the Department is: Thursday, February 11, 2016.

    GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE REFERENDUM: The Department is required to conduct a referendum on continuing the order every six years. The current order expires on July 31, 2016.

    On December 8, 2015, the Department held a public meeting concerning the continuation of the marketing order.

    The proposed continuation of the order continues the assessment cap at 3 cents per box of citrus sold and designates the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, Inc. to administer the box tax funds.

    If you have any questions, please call: Chris Denmark at (850)617-7341.

    Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this referendum is asked to advise the Department by contacting: Chris Denmark at (850)617-7341. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TTY) or 1(800) 955-8770 (Voice).

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