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Nationwide referendum on lamb order

February 10, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will offer lamb producers, feeders and first handlers the opportunity to vote in a nationwide referendum on whether to continue or terminate the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Order, authorized under the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996.

The referendum will be held through Feb. 27.

The referendum will be conducted at the USDA's Farm Service Agency local county offices. To be eligible to vote, persons must provide documentation, such as a sales receipt or remittance form, that shows they have been engaged in the production, feeding or slaughtering of lambs from Jan. 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008.

Persons eligible to vote should obtain form LS-86 from a county FSA office either in person, by mail, fax or at www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketingprograms. Persons must vote in the referendum at the county FSA office where their administrative farm records are maintained. For those persons not participating in FSA programs, the opportunity to vote will be provided at the county FSA office where the person owns or rents land.

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Form LS-86 and supporting documentation must be returned in person, by mail or by fax to the appropriate county FSA office. The form and documentation returned in person or by fax must be received in the appropriate county office prior to the close of business on Feb. 27. The form and documentation returned by mail must be postmarked no later than midnight Feb. 27, and received in the county FSA office by March 6.

Notice of the referendum will be published in the Dec. 16 Federal Register. Copies of the Final Rule and Notice are available from the Marketing Programs Branch; Livestock and Seed Program, AMS, USDA; STOP 0251- Room 2628-S; 1400 Independence Ave.e=, SW; Washington, DC 20250-0251; by phone at 202-720-1115; or at www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketingprograms.

For more information or to vote in the county, visit the FSA office at 1260 Maryland Ave., Suite 107, Hagerstown.

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