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Seventeen of 19 producers, representing 88.2% of the production volume, approved the referendum.

March 23, 2017

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REFERENDUM APPROVED: Michigan growers approved a continuation of the referendum on potatoes. It allows up to 5.5 cents per cwt to be collected from growers and 1.5 cents from handlers.

Michigan’s potato growers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, according to Jamie Clover Adams, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Michigan Potato Industry Commission was designed to promote the potato industry through research, promotion, advertising, and market development and expansion. By law, the program must be renewed every five years.

The commission will continue for an additional five years beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2022. The current assessment rate is established annually by the commission and is not to exceed 5.5 cents per cwt for the grower and 1.5 cents per cwt for the first handler.

A total of 19 valid ballots were cast in the referendum. Of those, 17 producers voted yes (89.5%), representing 9,471,678 cwt of potatoes (88.2% of the production volume represented), and two producers voted no (10.5%), representing 1,266,900 cwt (11.8%).

For renewal of the program and its activities, more than 50% of the voting producers, representing more than 50% of hundredweight produced by those voting, must have approved it.

Source: MDARD

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