Sweet Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Continuance Referendum, 10555 [2017-02904]

Download as PDF 10555 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 29 Tuesday, February 14, 2017 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 923 [Doc. No. AMS–SC–16–0109; SC17–923–1 CR] Sweet Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Continuance Referendum AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Referendum order. This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible Washington sweet cherry growers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of sweet cherries grown in designated counties in Washington. DATES: The referendum will be conducted from April 21 through May 5, 2017. Only current growers of sweet cherries within the designated counties in Washington that have grown sweet cherries during the period April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017, are eligible to vote in this referendum. ADDRESSES: Copies of the marketing order may be obtained from the Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 305, Portland, OR 97204; Telephone: (503) 326–2724; from the Office of the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; or on the Internet: http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Hutchinson or Gary D. Olson, Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326– 2724, Fax: (503) 326–7440, or Email: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 Feb 13, 2017 Jkt 241001 Teresa.Hutchinson@ams.usda.gov or GaryD.Olson@ams.usda.gov, respectively. Pursuant to Marketing Order No. 923 (7 CFR part 923), hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘order,’’ and the applicable provisions of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674), hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘Act,’’ it is hereby directed that a referendum be conducted to ascertain whether continuance of the order is favored by growers. The referendum shall be conducted from April 21 through May 5, 2017, among eligible Washington sweet cherry growers. Only current growers that were also engaged in the production of sweet cherries in designated counties in Washington during the period of April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017, may participate in the continuance referendum. USDA has determined that continuance referenda are an effective means for determining whether growers favor the continuation of marketing order programs. USDA would consider termination of the order if less than twothirds of the growers voting in the referendum and growers of less than two-thirds of the volume of Washington sweet cherries represented in the referendum favor continuance of their program. In evaluating the merits of continuance versus termination, USDA will not exclusively consider the results of the continuance referendum. USDA will also consider all other relevant information regarding operation of the order and relative benefits and disadvantages to growers, handlers, and consumers to determine whether continuing the order would tend to effectuate the declared policy of the Act. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the ballot materials used in the referendum herein ordered have been submitted to and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and have been assigned OMB No. 0581–0189, Generic Fruit Crops. It has been estimated that it will take an average of 20 minutes for each of the approximately 1,500 Washington sweet cherry growers to cast a ballot. Participation is voluntary. Ballots postmarked after May 5, 2017, will not be included in the vote tabulation. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Teresa Hutchinson and Gary Olson of the Northwest Marketing Field Office, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, are hereby designated as the referendum agents of the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct this referendum. The procedure applicable to the referendum shall be the ‘‘Procedure for the Conduct of Referenda in Connection With Marketing Orders for Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts Pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as Amended’’ (7 CFR part 900.400 et seq.). Ballots will be mailed to all growers of record and may also be obtained from the referendum agents or from their appointees. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 923 Cherries, Marketing agreements, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 601–674. Dated: February 8, 2017. Bruce Summers, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. 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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 29 / Tuesday, February 14, 2017 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 923

[Doc. No. AMS-SC-16-0109; SC17-923-1 CR]


Sweet Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; 
Continuance Referendum

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Referendum order.

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SUMMARY: This document directs that a referendum be conducted among 
eligible Washington sweet cherry growers to determine whether they 
favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of 
sweet cherries grown in designated counties in Washington.

DATES: The referendum will be conducted from April 21 through May 5, 
2017. Only current growers of sweet cherries within the designated 
counties in Washington that have grown sweet cherries during the period 
April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017, are eligible to vote in this 
referendum.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the marketing order may be obtained from the 
Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement 
Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 
305, Portland, OR 97204; Telephone: (503) 326-2724; from the Office of 
the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty 
Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, 
Washington, DC 20250-0237; or on the Internet: http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Hutchinson or Gary D. Olson, 
Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement 
Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326-
2724, Fax: (503) 326-7440, or Email: Teresa.Hutchinson@ams.usda.gov or 
GaryD.Olson@ams.usda.gov, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Marketing Order No. 923 (7 CFR 
part 923), hereinafter referred to as the ``order,'' and the applicable 
provisions of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as 
amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674), hereinafter referred to as the ``Act,'' it 
is hereby directed that a referendum be conducted to ascertain whether 
continuance of the order is favored by growers. The referendum shall be 
conducted from April 21 through May 5, 2017, among eligible Washington 
sweet cherry growers. Only current growers that were also engaged in 
the production of sweet cherries in designated counties in Washington 
during the period of April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017, may 
participate in the continuance referendum.
    USDA has determined that continuance referenda are an effective 
means for determining whether growers favor the continuation of 
marketing order programs. USDA would consider termination of the order 
if less than two-thirds of the growers voting in the referendum and 
growers of less than two-thirds of the volume of Washington sweet 
cherries represented in the referendum favor continuance of their 
program. In evaluating the merits of continuance versus termination, 
USDA will not exclusively consider the results of the continuance 
referendum. USDA will also consider all other relevant information 
regarding operation of the order and relative benefits and 
disadvantages to growers, handlers, and consumers to determine whether 
continuing the order would tend to effectuate the declared policy of 
the Act.
    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35), the ballot materials used in the referendum herein ordered 
have been submitted to and approved by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) and have been assigned OMB No. 0581-0189, Generic Fruit 
Crops. It has been estimated that it will take an average of 20 minutes 
for each of the approximately 1,500 Washington sweet cherry growers to 
cast a ballot. Participation is voluntary. Ballots postmarked after May 
5, 2017, will not be included in the vote tabulation.
    Teresa Hutchinson and Gary Olson of the Northwest Marketing Field 
Office, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, are hereby designated as 
the referendum agents of the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct this 
referendum. The procedure applicable to the referendum shall be the 
``Procedure for the Conduct of Referenda in Connection With Marketing 
Orders for Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts Pursuant to the Agricultural 
Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as Amended'' (7 CFR part 900.400 et 
seq.).
    Ballots will be mailed to all growers of record and may also be 
obtained from the referendum agents or from their appointees.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 923

    Cherries, Marketing agreements, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 601-674.

    Dated: February 8, 2017.
Bruce Summers,
Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-02904 Filed 2-13-17; 8:45 am]
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