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Michigan Carrot Producers to Vote on Program Continuation

LANSING — Michigan's carrot producers will have an opportunity to vote on whether to continue the Carrot Industry Development Program in a referendum conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) beginning April 1, 2024 through April 12, 2024.

Ballots will be mailed by MDARD to carrot producers on March 25, 2024. Producers are eligible to vote if they produced and sold carrots for human consumption valued at more than $800 in any one 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, it must be resubmitted for grower approval every five years. Currently, the assessment is 20 cents per master of fresh carrots and 45 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 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 by April 12, 2024, and should be sent to MDARD, Executive Office, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909.

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


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