A nationwide referendum to determine if the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Order should be continued is now underway. This referendum allows lamb producers, feeders, and first handlers to vote. To be eligible to vote, persons must certify and provide documentation, such as a sales receipt or remittance form, which shows they have been engaged in the production, feeding, or slaughtering of lambs during 2008.
Through Feb. 27, local Farm Service Agency offices will serve as polling places. Eligible voters should obtain form LS-86 from a county FSA office either in person, by mail, fax, or via the Internet at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketingprograms. For eligible voters not participating in FSA programs, voting opportunities will be provided at the county FSA office where the person owns or rents land.
USDA monitors activities of the American Lamb Board. The mandatory program is financed by producers, seedstock producers, feeders, and exporters who are assessed one-half cent per pound when live ovine animals are sold. The first handler, primarily packers, pays an additional 30 cents per head on ovine animals purchased for slaughter.