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Hearing scheduled on Illinois Corn Marketing Board referendum       Send a link to a friend

[FEB. 9, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Agriculture Director Chuck Hartke invites Illinois corn producers to submit their views and opinions on the proposed corn checkoff referendum at a public hearing Feb. 16.

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board proposes enhancing marketing and promotion of corn by increasing the checkoff amount by one-eighth cent per bushel. This would increase the current one-fourth cent voluntary checkoff rate to three-eighths of a cent per bushel. Growers would continue to have a right to a refund.

The public hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 66 of the Illinois Department of Agriculture's administration building on the fairgrounds in Springfield.

Following the public hearing, the Corn Marketing Board will meet and review all comments presented. If, after reviewing the comments, the board approves the proposed amendment, the Illinois Department of Agriculture shall hold a referendum within 90 days.

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Copies of the proposed amendment to the marketing program are available through the Agriculture Department's Marketing and Promotion office.

People unable to attend the hearing may submit written comments by Feb. 14. Comments should be addressed to the Director of Agriculture, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281.

(Text from Illinois Department of Agriculture news release received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information)

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