Michigan potato growers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission was designed to advance the potato industry through research, promotion, advertising, development, and market expansion. By law, the program must be renewed every five years.
The Board will continue for five additional years beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2027. Currently, the producer assessment is 4 ½ cents, not to exceed 5 ½ cents, per cwt and 1 ½ cents for the first handler (consignor). The contribution rate is set annually by the Commission.
A total of 15 ballots were cast in the referendum. Of the 15 ballots received to vote for maintaining the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, all fifteen growers voted yes (100%) representing 7,740,900 quintals (100%), a unanimous decision.
For the renewal of the program and its activities, more than 50% of the voting producers, representing more than 50% of the quintals produced by the voters, must have approved it.
For more information, visit https://www.mipotato.com/.