US (MI): Blueberry growers to vote on referendum

Growers of blueberries in Michigan are preparing for a referendum. The referendum is going to cover the establishment of a Michigan Blueberry Research and Education Program and creating a Michigan Blueberry Commission. The vote will be conducted from January 9-20, 2017 and will be managed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

The referendum of Michigan blueberry producers was authorized by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams after her review of testimony given at two public hearings held in Holland and South Haven on November 29, 2016, and from written testimony received by MDARD.

For the program to be put into place, over 50 percent of the votes must say yes to the proposal.

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