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Milk Producers to Vote on Program Continuation
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Michigan Grade “A” milk producers have an opportunity to vote on whether to continue the Michigan Dairy Market Program in a referendum conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Deb Merrill at 517-335-4576 or merrilld@michigan.gov

Michigan Grade “A” Milk Producers to Vote on Program Continuation


Michigan Grade “A” milk producers have an opportunity to vote on whether to continue the Michigan Dairy Market Program in a referendum conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The referendum begins Monday, October 8, 2012, and ends Friday, October 19, 2012.

Ballots will be mailed to Michigan Grade “A” milk producers on Thursday, October 4, 2012. Producers are eligible to vote if they produced Grade “A” milk for any market that had a value at first point of sale of $800 in any of the last three years.

The Michigan Dairy Market Program was developed to promote the sale of milk and milk products produced in Michigan and to increase consumer knowledge and acceptance of milk and milk products in general. The program was established in January 1983. By law, it must be resubmitted for grower approval every five years. Currently, the assessment is $.15 per hundredweight of milk.

For the program to be renewed, more than 50 percent of the producer votes cast (representing more than 50 percent of the total unit of measure represented on the cast ballots) must approve it.

For the purpose of this referendum, each producer is entitled to one vote representing a single firm, individual proprietorship, corporation, company, association, partnership, or a husband-wife or family ownership.

All ballots must be filled out completely, signed, and postmarked no later than October 19, 2012.

Eligible producers with questions, or those who have not received a ballot, should contact MDARD toll-free at 800-292-3939.