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Michigan Asparagus Growers Vote to Support Program
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The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced that asparagus producers have voted to continue the Michigan Asparagus Industry Development Program.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Deb Merrill at 517-335-4576

Michigan Asparagus Growers Vote to Support Marketing Program


Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced that asparagus producers have voted to continue the Michigan Asparagus Industry Development Program.

MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams said the program will continue for an additional five years - beginning June 8, 2013 and ending June 7, 2018. The current assessment rate cannot exceed two cents per pound.

A total of 66 valid ballots were cast in the referendum. Of those, 64 producers voted yes (97 percent) representing 11,018,175 pounds of asparagus (97 percent) and 2 producers voted no (3 percent) representing 382,226 pounds (3 percent). The program is renewed because more than 50 percent of the producer votes cast, representing more than 50 percent of the total number of pounds represented on the cast ballots, approved it.

The Michigan Asparagus Industry Development Program was designed to improve the economic position of Michigan asparagus growers by supporting research and market development efforts. The program was last approved in 2008, and by law, must be renewed every five years.