In a show of confidence in the Almond Board of California, the state’s almond growers once again voted overwhelmingly in favor of continuing the Federal Marketing Order for California Almonds. Federal Marketing Order 981 requires the continuance referendum to take place every five years.
Voting in the referendum took place from Feb. 18 through March 7; growers who produced almonds within the state of California between Aug. 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013, were eligible to vote.
In order to pass, at least two-thirds of eligible producers voting in the referendum, or two-thirds of the volume represented in the referendum must vote in favor of continuance. In this referendum, 91% of eligible growers who voted and 94% of the volume represented favored continuing the marketing order, according to Martin Engeler, regional director of the California Marketing Field Office of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.