PRODUCERS CAST BALLOTS IN WHEAT AND FEED GRAINS REFERENDUM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama wheat and feed grain producers will go to the polls Thursday, Sept. 8, to decide whether the state wheat and feed grain checkoff program should be continued for five more years at the current rate of 1 cent per bushel on corn, wheat, grain sorghum and oats sold in Alabama.
Producers who produced feed grains in 2010 or planted for harvest in 2011 will be eligible to vote. State law requires a statewide producer referendum to be held every five years on whether the program should be continued. If approved, checkoff funds would be used to finance research, education and promotion activities aimed at furthering the development of the state's wheat and feed grain industry.
Shep Morris of Macon County is chairman of the Alabama Wheat & Feed Grain Producers. He said over the years the checkoff has funded variety tests as well as research on insect and disease control, conservation practices and precision agriculture.
"The research conducted with the help of these checkoff dollars is invaluable to producers," said Morris. "Helping develop plant varieties that are drought tolerant, require less fertilizer and produce higher yields helps improve profits for farmers and helps keep food costs down for consumers. The education and promotion funded by the checkoff helps growers make wise decisions and encourages consumption and use of what we produce."
The checkoff program is voluntary. Funds are collected from producers by grain buyers and remitted to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, which turns over the funds quarterly to the Alabama Wheat & Feed Grains Producers, a division of the Alabama Farmers Federation. A producer committee representing Alabama wheat and feed grain producer members across the state determines how the funds are distributed.
On Sept. 8, Alabama wheat and feed grain producers will be able to vote between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at their county polling sites. No proxy voting will be allowed, and no ballots will be accepted via mail.
For more information, contact Buddy Adamson at 334/613-4216 or 1-800-392-5705, ext 4216. The referendum is authorized by Act of 1985, No. 85-701 of the Alabama Legislature's 1985 regular session.
County and Poll Locations are available in the download below.
Wheat & Feed Grains Referendum Polling Sites