About half of Utah's pork producers voted Sept. 7 and 8 in a national referendum over whether to continue paying into a fund that promotes the nation's pork industry.

Utah State University Extension swine specialist Haven Hendricks, Logan, said there are about 300 farmers who were eligible to vote in Utah, and about 150 cast their ballot. He believes most of those who voted were in favor of continuing the approximately 31 cents per head checkoff that started Nov. 1, 1986.In the first year, the checkoff generated $25 million, which was used for pork advertising and promotion, consumer education and research.

"The votes will be counted Sept. 27," Hendricks said.