Feb 28, 2022Michigan potato growers approve referendum to continue state commission
Michigan’s potato growers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.
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, 2022 and ending June 30, 2027. Currently, the grower assessment is 4½ cents, not to exceed 5½ cents, per hundredweight and 1½ cents for the first handler (shipper). The assessment rate is established annually by the Commission.
A total of 15 ballots were cast in the referendum. Of the 15 ballots received to vote for the continuation of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, all 15 producers voted yes (100%) representing 7,740,900 hundredweight (100%), a unanimous decision.
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.
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