Producers from the highbush blueberry industry in the state of Florida are being asked to cast a vote for one of the listed nominees as their state representative on the USHBC. As an option, space is also made available on the ballot for a write-in candidate for the state seat as well. As provided for in the Order, which has established the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, voting for nominees for the state position, will be handled by the producer members of those states. Those receiving the most votes for each state producer seat will be designated as the council member nominee. Those receiving the second most votes for each position will be designated as the alternate nominee for that position. The member and alternate nominees will be reported to the Secretary of Agriculture for consideration of appointment. The third and fourth top vote getters will also be reported to the Secretary for consideration as additional nominees for these positions.
Eligible voters are those who produced 2,000 pounds or more of cultivated blueberries in the United States during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Those elected to state member positions will serve a three-year term starting January 1, 2020 and are allowed to serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.
Voting began June 10, 2019 and due to a US Mailing issue, has been extended to July 31, 2019. All completed ballots must arrive at the USHBC office by close of business on July 31, 2019 in an envelope marked “BALLOT”. If you did not receive a ballot, please contact the USHBC office at (916) 983-0111 or DOWNLOAD THE PACKET HERE, print the ballot, complete and mail back to USHBC in an envelope marked “BALLOT”.
Please contact the USHBC office at (916) 983-0111 with any questions you may have concerning this election procedure.
USHBC Florida State Elections Ballot
USHBC Diversity Outreach Policy
The USHBC has adopted a diversity outreach plan to attempt to achieve a diverse representation on the Council. USHBC programs are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, parental status, and marital or family status. The USHBC fully complies with any and all applicable Federal, State, and local equal employment opportunity statues, ordinances, and regulations, including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
It is USHBC policy that membership on the Council and its committees reflect the diversity of individuals served by its programs. To accomplish this objective, the USHBC will strive to attain representation of growers and other industry participants from diverse backgrounds on the Council and USHBC committees. To this end, the USHBC strongly encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to seek nominations to the USHBC and to participate in Council and USHBC committee activities.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
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