Utah's pork producers are urged to vote Sept. 7 and 8 on whether to continue paying into a fund that promotes the nation's pork industry.
Producers can vote at the Utah State University Extension office in the county where they reside."A simple majority of those voting throughout the nation will be required to pass the national referendum," said Haven Hendricks, Utah State University Extension swine specialist. "Results come out Sept. 22."
Hendricks also said the Utah Pork Producers Association will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Utah State Fair Grounds in Salt Lake City. Pork producer delegate candidates for the 1989 National Pork Producers delegate body will be selected at the meeting.
Last year 7.47 million pounds of pork were sold, resulting in cash receipts of $3.6 million. About a third of Utah's 26,000 hogs are in Salt Lake and Utah counties, with most of the rest in Sanpete, Box Elder, Tooele, Cache, Uintah and Millard.
Producers began paying about 31 cents a head to the 100 Percent Pork Checkoff on Nov. 1, 1986. In the first year, the checkoff generated $25 million, which was invested in advertising, promotion, consumer education and research programs. Former Olympic ice skater Peggy Fleming is the spokeswoman for the National Pork Producers Council, which administers checkoff funds.
Hendricks said anyone who produced and owned two or more hogs or pigs for sale from Nov. 1, 1986, until the referendum is eligible to vote.
To obtain an absentee ballot, contact Hendricks at 750-2141 or the local office of USU Extension before Aug. 26. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or received at county extension offices by Sept. 1. Hendricks can also answer questions on the pork producers meeting and vote Sept. 10.