Any grower or handler who wants the Department to terminate its inspection of a
processing plant in Oregon must contact the Administrator of the Agricultural
Development and Marketing Division of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and
request a petition. The Department will send the requestor an information
packet and petition.
petition must specify the commodity, processing firm and location, and a
petition representative. A separate petition and election will be held for each
commodity and each processing plant by location.
(3) The processing plant must provide the
Department a notarized statement certifying a list of all growers who deliver
the commodity to that plant. The list must include each grower's name, address,
and relevant production for the period designated by the Department. The list
will become the list of electors.
(4) The petitioners must meet the signature
requirements of ORS 632.950.
(5) The petition representative must submit
with the petition a deposit of $250 for the cost of the election. If the cost
of the election exceeds the deposited amount, the petitioners must pay the
difference. If the actual cost is less than the deposit, the Department will
issue a refund to the petitioner(s) for the difference between the deposit and
the actual cost.
(6) The Supervisor
of Elections will review the petition to verify it meets the requirements of
ORS 632.950. If it does, the
Supervisor of Elections will notify the petition representative. If it does
not, the Supervisor of Elections will notify the petition representative of the