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Dry bean producers OK continuation referendum

The Michigan Bean Commission and program will continue for another five years, through December 2024.

November 1, 2019

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VOTE PASSES: A total of 224 ballots were cast on the referendum, with 209 producers voting yes (93%) and 15 producers voting no (7%).Getty images

Michigan dry bean producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Bean Commission and its activities.

The Michigan Bean Commission and program will continue for another five years, beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2024. The current assessment is $0.10 per cwt sold. 

A total of 224 ballots were cast, and 209 producers voted yes (93%), representing $13,123,282.55 cwt (99%). Fifteen producers voted no (7%), representing $94,958.48 cwt (1%).

For the commission and its activities to be renewed, more than 50% of the voting producers — representing more than 50% of the hundredweight sold by those voting — needed to approve it.

The Michigan Bean Commission was appointed to improve the economic position of the state’s dry bean producers by promoting research on bean varieties and agronomic practices, as well as research on developing and discovering the health, food, therapeutic and dietetic value of beans and bean products.

The commission also promotes market development, market research and promotional programs — and compiles and publicizes commodity information.

Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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