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Sweet onion marketing vote imminent

Walla Walla sweet onion producers will vote in September on the continuation of their federal marketing order

Sweet onion marketing vote imminent

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that sweet onion producers will begin voting in September on whether to continue with their federal marketing order.

The marketing order requires a continuance referendum to be held every six years, with this year's vote falling between 14 September and 4 October.

To be eligible to vote, producers must have produced Walla Walla sweet onions within the designated production area in southwest Washington and northeast Oregon during the period of 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012.

USDA noted that it would consider terminating the marketing order if a majority of producers voting in the referendum and producers of a majority of the volume of Walla Walla sweet onions represented in the referendum do not favour continuance.

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