The Michigan Wheat Program is pleased to announce that the 2016 continuation referenda vote by Michigan wheat farmers was passed by an overwhelming margin. Eighty percent of growers voting in the referenda, representing 81 percent of the production volume of growers voting supported continuing the program.
This was the first continuation vote held for the Michigan Wheat Program, which is now authorized through August 2021.
The wheat check-off was initially voted in by Michigan growers in the summer of 2011. At that time the program was approved by 54 percent of both the popular vote and production voted.
Because the Michigan Wheat Program is established under PA 232, the Agricultural Commodities Marketing Act, it must go back to a vote of wheat farmers every five years, so they can determine if they want the program to continue.
“We, the board, are so pleased that Michigan wheat farmers see the value in the research, education and communication activities that the program has been doing,” said David Milligan, chairman of the nine-member wheat board and a wheat farmer from Cass City.