PECAN CHECKOFF NOW IN EFFECT FOR ALABAMA
Pecans in Alabama joined peanuts, cotton, catfish, pork and small grains as agricultural industries in the state utilizing a voluntary checkoff program following a vote on Sept. 23.
The pecan referendum vote passed with 65 percent of voters in favor of the checkoff. The program went into effect immediately and will continue through 2006 when voters will have the opportunity to reconsider the program.
The checkoff affects people in Alabama who have 15 acres or more of pecans. The 1/2 cent assessment ($5 per 1,000 pounds inshell) must be collected by the first handler in a sale of pecans. The assessment will be submitted to the Alabama Department of Agriculture.
Funds generated by the checkoff will be used by the Alabama Pecan Growers Association for promotion and research. A complete explanation of the checkoff program is available at www.alabamapecangrowers.com. Forms and instructions for all pecan growers also are available on the website.