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Michigan Apple Producers to Vote on Continuation and Proposed Amendatory Changes to the Program

LANSING – Michigan’s apple producers have an opportunity to vote on whether to continue the Michigan Apple Advertising and Promotion Program for an additional five years as well as proposed changes to the program. The referendum, conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) will begin Monday, February 13, 2023, through Friday, February 24, 2023.

Ballots will be mailed by MDARD to Michigan apple producers of record. Eligible producers with questions, or those not receiving a ballot, should contact MDARD toll-free at 800-292-3939.

The Apple Advertising and Promotion Program of Michigan was developed to enhance the economic position of the Michigan apple producer through market development, education, and research. 

Currently, Michigan apples are assessed at a rate of $0.52 per hundredweight of fresh apples, $0.28 for apples sold for processing, and $0.12 for apples sold for juice. Included is a $.04 per hundredweight for research and up to $.03 per hundredweight for promotion of U.S. apples with the United States Apple Association.

For the program to be renewed, and the proposed changes to be enacted, more than 50 percent of the producer votes cast, representing more than 50 percent of the total number of bushels represented on the cast ballots, must approve each.

For the purpose of this referendum, each producer, partnership, or corporation is entitled to one vote.  All ballots must be filled out completely, signed, and postmarked by February 24, 2023, and should be sent to MDARD, Executive Office, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909.