Michigan asparagus growers approve continuation referendum

From The Packer | 11 April 2023

Overview of asparagus from Michigan in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on April 11, 2023. 

Michigan’s asparagus producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Asparagus Industry Development Program.

The referendum was held March 6-17, according to a news release.

Established in June 1978, the Michigan Asparagus Industry Development Program was designed to improve the economic position of Michigan asparagus growers by supporting research and market development efforts, the release said.

The program will continue for an additional five years, beginning June 8, 2023, and ending June 7, 2028. The current assessment is at a rate of 1.5 cents per pound, the release said.

A total of 40 valid ballots were cast in the referendum, according to the release. Of those, 37 producers voted yes (93%) representing 14,158,213 pounds of asparagus (97%) and 3 producers voted no (7%) representing 426,049 pounds (3%).

asparagus volumes by ori

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

For renewal of the program and its activities, more than 50% of the voting producers, representing more than 50% of the production of those voting, must approve it.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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