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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Current Referenda Status


Producers, handlers or processors — who are directly affected by a marketing order — may vote under the California Marketing Act using a referendum method. Approval of a referendum requires a specified percentage of the number of producers or handlers (such as the 40 percent participation requirement) and a specified percentage of the volume of the commodity produced or handled during a given period. Under the referendum procedure, a 30–day voting period is allowed, with an extension not to exceed 15 days.

Similar to marketing orders, for assessment payers to implement a new commission law, each commission has its own provision for a referendum. Most commissions provide for similar voting requirements as that of advisory boards under the California Marketing Act — at least 40 percent participation and a super– majority vote by volume of production and by number of voters. For most commission laws, the voting period can be any length up to 60 days. If less than 60 days, the voting period can be extended so long as the total voting period does not exceed 60 days.

This table shows all current referenda related to California’s marketing programs, including proposed marketing orders, major and minor amendments to current marketing programs as well as continuation referendums.

    ProgramReferendum Type40% Participation Requirement% of Ballots Recieved To DateFinal Submission DateResults Announcement DateFinal Results
    Fresh Carrot Research and Promotion ProgramContinuationNo  November 16, 2017November 30, 2017
    Grape Rootstock Improvement CommissionContinuationYes  November 10, 2017November 24, 2017
    Citrus Research ProgramContinuationYes  79.09% FinalApril 29, 2017May 15, 201779.09% of producers (99.64% by volume) participating voted in favor of continuation
    Pistachio Research ProgramMajor AmendmentYes  49.37% FinalApril 25, 2017May 10, 201749.37% of producers (82.12% by volume) participating voted in favor
    Pear Marketing ProgramContinuationNo  59.26% FinalFebruary 27, 2017March 10, 201759.26% of producers (52.94% by volume) participating voted in favor of continuation
    Cherry Marketing and ResearchContinuationYes for Producers and Packers  44.25% Producers and 64.71% PackersDecember 15, 2016December 21, 201693% of growers (95% by volume) and 91% of packers (99.8% by vol) participating voted in favor
    Processing Strawberry BoardMajor AmendmentsYes  86% Processors and 41% Producers FinalOctober 20, 2016September 21, 201692% of Processors (90% by volume) and 93% of Producers (96% by volume) participating voted in favor
    Milk Processors BoardContinuationNo  68.97% FinalSeptember 30, 2016October 5, 201660% of processors (57% by volume) participating voted in favor of continuation
    California RaisinsContinuationNo  59.36% FinalApril 12, 2016April 19, 201688.44% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of continuation
    Avocado CommissionContinuationNo  31.13% FinalFebruary 29, 2016March 9, 201683.92% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of continuation
    Wild Rice ProgramContinuationNo  69.23% FinalMarch 13, 2016March 22, 201677.78% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of continuation
    Manufacturing Milk Advisory BoardMerger of ProgramsYes  60.71% FinalJanuary 13, 2016January 29, 201688.24% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of the merger
    Milk Advisory BoardMerger of ProgramsYes  73.59% finalJanuary 13, 2016January 29, 201698.11% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of the merger
    Salmon CouncilImplement Amendment to Council LawYes  37.31% FinalMarch 22, 2016March 29, 2016Referendum failed due to participation requirement not being met
    Lodi Winegrape CommissionContinuationNo  41.72% FinalDecember 1, 2015December 9, 201590.24% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of continuation
    Lake County Winegrape CommissionContinuationNo  45.98% FinalDecember 1, 2015December 9, 201577.50% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of continuation
    Asparagus CommissionContinuationNo  56.25% FinalSept 24, 2015October 2, 201570.37% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of continuation
    Sonoma Winegrape CommissionContinuationNo  28.04% FinalAugust 15, 2015August 28, 201588.19% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of continuation.
    Pierce‚Äôs Disease Control ProgramContinuationYes  55.05% FinalExtended to June 10, 2015June 24, 201583.4% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of continuation.
    Cut Flower CommissionContinuationNo  83.3% FinalMarch 18, 2015April 2, 201572.0% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of continuation.
    Rice Research BoardContinuationNo  24.8% FinalJanuary 28, 2015February 17, 201597.6% of producers participating in the referendum voted in favor of continuation.