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CRC Referendum Passes with Strong Support

CRC Referendum Passes with Strong Support

CDFA reported that the referendum to continue the Commission for another five years passed with strong support. 

Here are the stats:

  • 100% of handlers who voted supported the continuation of the commission.
  • 95.7% of the growers who voted supported the continuation of the commission.

More than 69% of the handlers voted and 36% of the growers cast a ballot. These are high levels of participation for programs under CDFA. 

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