SPRINGFIELD — Illinois corn producers will have an opportunity at University of Illinois Extension offices to vote on a proposal to increase the voluntary corn checkoff rate.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced on Friday that the offices will serve as polling places for the March 28 Illinois Corn Marketing Act referendum.
The ballot question, which was scheduled at the request of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, proposes increasing the current voluntary corn checkoff rate by a quarter cent per bushel, bringing the total to five-eighths of a cent per bushel.
The board is a volunteer group of corn farmers elected by their peers to administer the checkoff fund. The board uses money from the fund for market development, research, education and promotion programs in an effort to enhance profitability for Illinois corn farmers.
A complete list of the polling locations is available on the Extension's Website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/  On the left side of the homepage, click "Find an Office."
Eligible voters who reside outside the state or who cannot be present at the polling places on March 28 may cast an absentee ballot. These ballots must be requested in writing from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and are due no later than March 23.
Requests should be sent to: Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Attn: Bureau of Marketing and Promotion, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281.