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California Avocado Commission Referendum Votes Due February 29

California Avocado Commission Referendum Votes Due February 29

IRVINE, CA - California Avocado growers—this commission needs your help. The California Avocado Commission (CAC) is seeking re-approval for its operations, and is asking the state’s 4,000 commercial avocado growers to make the vote.

As required by state law, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) conducts a referendum every five years to determine whether or not CAC can continue its operations. “Ballots will be mailed on January 29, so avocado producers can expect to receive them the first week of February,” explained CAC President Tom Bellamore.

Eligible growers who do not receive a ballot by February 5 should contact CAC at 949-341-1955.

“Management believes that the Commission has been an effective tool which has allowed growers to maintain a strong brand presence in an increasingly crowded marketplace, speak with one voice on important issues, and pool resources to conduct research to meet the challenges of farming avocados,” Bellamore added.

Scott Van Der Kar, a member of CAC's family of avocado growers.

Each grower will receive a postage paid envelope to mail their ballot to CDFA for tabulation. In order to be counted, ballots must be postmarked no later than February 29, 2016, or received by CDFA as of the close of business on February 29. 

Growers can expect CDFA to announce the results of the referendum in early March, according to a press release. For more information on the referendum process, growers can contact CAC at 949-341-1955.

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