Jun 11, 2009
Michigan Carrot Producers to Vote on Program Continuation

Michigan carrot producers will have an opportunity to vote on whether or not to continue the Carrot Industry Development Program in a referendum conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) beginning Monday, June 15, and running through Friday, June 26.

Ballots will be mailed by MDA to carrot producers on Friday, June 12. Producers are eligible to vote if they produced and sold carrots for human consumption valued at more than $1,000 in any of the last three years.

The Michigan Carrot Industry Development Program was designed to improve the economic position of the state’s carrot producers by supporting and creating greater marketing opportunities through crop and market information, advertising and promotion and appropriate research. By law, the program must be resubmitted for grower approval every five years. Currently, the assessment is 1.5 cents per master of fresh carrots and 30 cents per ton of processing carrots.

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, must approve.

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 by June 26, and should be sent to MDA, Executive Office, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909.

Eligible producers with questions or those not receiving a ballot can call MDA at 800-292-3939.

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