Ballots that will determine whether the 32-year-old Irvine-based California Avocado Commission continues to serve the industry will soon be in the mail to the state’s 6,000 commercial avocado grower-shippers.

“Avocado producers can expect to receive the referendum ballots the first week of February,” Tom Bellamore, president of the commission, said in a news release.

The California avocado industry is coming off one of its highest-volume years, more than 450 million pounds.

Under California law, growers must vote every five years to continue or dissolve all commodity commissions.

The avocado ballots are to be postmarked for return to the California Department Food and Agriculture no later than March 1.

California growers to vote on avocado commission