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VOTE TO ESTABLISH CORN MARKETING PROGRAM PASSES

 LANSING, Mich., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan corn growers have approved a referendum to establish the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, according to MDA Director Bill Schuette.
 The purpose of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan is to enhance the economic position of Michigan corn growers by stimulating growth and expansion of the corn industry in Michigan through market development, promotion and research.
 The program calls for an assessment of 1 cent per bushel for each bushel of corn sold during the marketing year, except sweet corn, seed corn, popcorn and corn grown for silage. The assessment will be collected from affected Michigan producers at the first point-of-sale, beginning March 1, 1993, and ending Feb. 28, 1998. Thereafter, pursuant to 1965 P.A. Sec. 21, the marketing program shall be resubmitted to a referendum of producers during each fifth year of operation.
 Of 774 ballots cast by corn producers, 67 were disqualified for the following reasons: 29 were duplicates, 25 had a late postmark, seven had incomplete information, four were unsigned and two had signatures that were determined invalid following verification. Of the remaining 707 ballots, 403 producers voted yes (57 percent) representing 11,595,714.2 bushels of corn (55 percent) and 304 producers voted no (43 percent) representing 9,462,629 bushels of corn (45 percent).
 For the program to be adopted, more than 50 percent of the votes cast, representing more than 50 percent of the total corn production voted, must approve the proposal.
 The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan will be administered by a committee of nine corn growers appointed by Gov. John Engler.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Fedder, Marketing Division, 517-373-1058, or Jerry Dunn, Press and Public Affairs Division, 517-373-1104, both of Michigan Department of Agriculture/


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