California Avocado Commission Announces Referendum Results
IRVINE, CA - The California Department of Food and Agriculture voted for the continuation of the California Avocado Commission’s (CAC) operation for the next five years. This state-mandated referendum upholds that a continuation vote among eligible commercial California avocado producers must be held every five years. This year’s voting results revealed that 75 percent of all voting producers are in support of CAC.
“California avocado growers have clearly affirmed the value they see in the California Avocado Commission,” said Rob Grether, Chairman of the CAC Board of Directors. “This vote allows the Board and management of the Commission to continue their critical work of bolstering grower viability through innovative marketing, industry affairs, production research, and grower education.”
According to a press release, this referendum is the first in which the voting was held among California’s commercial avocado producers only.
In 2017, the law that governs the California Avocado Commission was amended to exempt growers of California avocados who produce an annual average of less than 10,000 pounds of avocados in the prior three years from paying the mandatory assessments that fund the Commission operations and programs. As a result, those exempt growers are not eligible to vote in CAC elections and referenda.
“What was unknown was any potential effect exempting smaller growers might have in a referendum vote, as there were significantly fewer eligible voters this year,” said Tom Bellamore, President. “We are pleased that the 2021 results once again affirmed the industry’s support for the Commission and its work, which has benefited California avocado growers for more than four decades and will continue to do so.”
This is the ninth reaffirming referendum since the establishment of the California Avocado Commission in 1978.
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