PEANUT PRODUCERS VOTE TO CONTINUE CHECKOFF
Peanut producers overwhelmingly voted to continue their checkoff assessment program in a referendum that was held July 12.
Unofficial tallies indicate that 81 percent of the producers voted in favor of continuing the checkoff assessment which is set at $2.50 per ton.
Of the 618 votes cast, 503 voted in favor of the checkoff, while 115 voted against it.
The Alabama peanut checkoff funds research and promotion efforts, according to Alabama Peanut Producer Executive Director Randy Griggs. He said he was pleased with the support shown by producers in the recent balloting.
Earlier this year, a referendum was narrowly defeated. Even though a majority of farmers voted to continue the program, the referendum failed to get the two-thirds majority required for passage.
In earlier balloting, landowners and quota holders were allowed to vote. However, in the recent referendum, only producers were allowed to cast ballots, Griggs said. "The farmers who actually produce peanuts and are assessed the checkoff fee voted and made the decision to continue to program," Griggs said.