November 10 Check-off Referendum

November 8, 2010

The 2010 Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board (LCPRB) Check-off Referendum will be held at all LSU AgCenter parish Extension Service offices on Nov. 10, 2010, to reauthorize assessments on artificial bait and crawfish sacks (bags). The referendum, authorized by Act 679 of 1983 and Acts 330 and 492 of 1985 of the Louisiana Legislature, was created to determine the sentiment of Louisiana crawfish producers as to whether they favor an assessment: of one-quarter of one cent (1/4 cent) per pound on all artificial crawfish bait sold within Louisiana on each sack used to package live crawfish in the amount of one cent for each sack holding less than 25 pounds of crawfish of two cents for each sack holding 25 pounds or more. By law, the funds generated from the check-off are spent to promote Louisiana crawfish, for research on crawfish production and to provide educational information about crawfish and its nutritional value. The LCPRB administers the funds, which usually range from $80,000 to $100,000 per year. Board members represent producers of farmed crawfish, wild crawfish fishermen, crawfish processors, crawfish bait suppliers, retail outlet and restaurant owners, the Louisiana Farm Bureau and landowners engaged in crawfish production. Persons who purchase artificial crawfish bait or crawfish sacks may obtain a refund of the assessment by written request to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry with copies of receipts or invoices showing the amount of artificial bait or bags purchased. The LCPRB’s authority to collect fees on bait and sacks must be reauthorized every five years. For the past 25 years, the LSU AgCenter has helped the industry carry out these referenda by allowing producers to cast their ballots at LSU AgCenter parish extension offices. The AgCenter has agreed to assist the crawfish industry with this activity again, and with input from the LCPRB the Nov. 10, 2010 date has been designated for voting.

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