USDA to conduct request for referendum in May

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ST. LOUIS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a request for referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Program (soybean checkoff) through May 29.

The request for referendum will determine whether U.S. soybean producers want a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Program.

Eligible to participate

Soybean producers eligible to participate in the request for referendum are defined as any producer who paid an assessment on the sale of soybeans during the period beginning Jan. 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2008, and who owned or shared in the ownership and the risk of loss of such soybeans during this period of time.

Form

Producers can obtain a LS-51-1 form to request a referendum either in person, by mail or by fax through May 29 from their county Farm Service Agency offices or online at www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketingprograms.

Deadline

Forms returned by mail must be postmarked by midnight May 29 and received in the county FSA office by close of business June 5.

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