LEWISTON – Laura Rand, executive director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Androscoggin-Sagadahoc counties, has announced the final procedures for a continuance referendum under the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information order, more commonly known as the Lamb Checkoff Program, by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

Rand said the referendum will be conducted through Feb. 28 at county Farm Service Agency offices.

“To be eligible to participate, persons must certify and provide documentation, such as a sales receipt or remittance form, that shows they have been engaged in the production, feeding or slaughtering of lambs during the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2004,” said Rand.

People may obtain form LS-86 to vote in the referendum from county offices in person, by mail or fax. Forms may also be obtained at http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsg/mpb/rp-lamb.htm.

The local office for Androscoggin and Sagadahoc farmers is at 254 Goddard Road. Call 753-9400, ext. 300, for more information about the referendum.

The procedures and notice for the referendum were published in the Dec. 27 Federal Register. For more information, contact Kenneth R. Payne, chief, Marketing Programs Branch, AMS Livestock and Seed Program, USDA at Stop 0251, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-0251 or call 720-1115.


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