Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Small Grains Marketing Order Fails

 

A SMALL GRAINS AND OIL SEED MARKETING ORDER
WILL NOT BE ESTABLISHED AT THE PRESENT TIME 

 
The establishment of said marketing order requires more than 50% of all registered and certified producers who return a ballot to vote in favor as per Utah State Code 4-2-2.  Based on an incredibly low percentage of returned ballots and the lack of a clear mandate by those that did vote, the Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food has determined that a new referendum ballot should be mailed to producers at a future date not yet determined.  It is hoped that grain and oil seed producers will take more of an interest in determining whether or not there should be a marketing order by voting the next time ballots are mailed.

Several small grain and oil seed producers were invited to serve on an Exploratory Committee in March 2013 to consider the challenges and benefits of establishing a Small Grains and Oil Seed Marketing Order for Utah.  After carefully considering the benefits that would accrue to all producers, the Committee recommended the formation of the order.  Information about the proposed Marketing Order and a ballot were mailed to all small grain and oil seed growers that produce on average 40 acres or more of wheat, barley, safflower, and/or canola per year, which is the minimum eligibility requirement to vote.  The ballots were mailed the end of October with the requirement to be returned by the end of November.

A marketing order is a form of a self-imposed tax that generates funds to be used for the betterment of the industry.  

Please watch for more information and/or a new ballot to be mailed in the future.

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posted: December 9, 2014