Opportunity to Request a Referendum: Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Program

by May 4, 2019General Announcements


Docket Number: AMS–LPS–18–0005


Dates to Request Referendum: May 6, 2019, and ending May 31, 2019.



The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces that soybean producers may request a referendum to determine whether producers want the Secretary to conduct a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act). Participation in the request for referendum is voluntary. Producers should participate only if they wish to request a referendum on the program.

If at least 10 percent, not to exceed ⅕ of producers from any 1 State, of the 515,008 eligible producers determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) participate in the request for referendum, a referendum will be held within 1 year from that determination. If results of the request for referendum indicate that a referendum is not supported, a referendum will not be conducted. The results of the request for referendum will be published in a notice in the Federal Register.

To Request Referendum:

Soybean producers may request a referendum during the 4-week period beginning May 6, 2019, and ending May 31, 2019.

To be eligible to participate in the request for referendum, producers must certify that they or the producer entity they are authorized to represent paid an assessment at any time between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2018.

Form LS-51-1, Soybean Promotion and Research Order Request for Referendum, can be obtained from May 6, 2019, to May 31, 2019, by mail, FAX, or in person from Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Offices, or can be downloaded from https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/researchpromotion/soybean.

Completed forms and supporting documentation must be returned to the appropriate FSA County Office: By FAX or in person no later than COB on May 31, 2019By mail postmarked by midnight on May 31, 2019, and must be received in the FSA County Office by COB on June 6, 2019.

Local County Offices Include:

Cherokee/Clay/Graham County

225 Valley River Avenue, Suite J

Murphy, NC  28906


Macon County

189 Thomas Heights Road

Franklin, NC  28734


Swain/Jackson County

100 Brendle Street

Bryson City, NC  28719



Kenneth R. Payne, Director Research and Promotion Division Livestock and Poultry Program AMS, USDA Room 2610-S, STOP 0251, 1400 Independence Avenue SW. Washington, DC 20250-0251 Telephone: (202) 720-1118 FAX: (202) 720-1125 E-mail: kenneth.payne@usda.gov


Rick Pinkston, Field Operations Staff FSA, USDA Telephone: (202) 720-1857 FAX: (202) 720-1096 E-mail: rick.pinkston@wdc.usda.gov

 – Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) release