MODESTO, Calif. — Almond growers voted overwhelmingly to maintain the federal marketing order for the Almond Board of California, the organization announced on its blog for handlers.
In all, the marketing order was approved by 91 percent of the growers who voted, whose production amounts to 94 percent of the volume represented, according to the board.
The marketing order was established in 1950 and faces a referendum every five years. At least two-thirds of eligible producers or producers representing at least two-thirds of the volume of almonds in California must vote in favor of the referendum for it to pass.
Growers who produced almonds between Aug. 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013, submitted ballots in late February and early March, according to the board.