Michigan cherry producers have voted to continue the Michigan Cherry Promotion and Development Program.
It will continue for five more years beginning July 1. Growers pay $10 at ton for sweet or tart cherries and $5 a ton for cherries sold for juice.
The program was established in 1972 to improve the economic position of the state's cherry producers by identifying additional marketing opportunities for Michigan cherries.
One hundred thirty valid ballots were cast in the referendum. Of those, 114 producers representing 99,099,704.5 pounds of cherries voted yes—88 percent of the voters and 91 percent of the production volume. Continuation required simple majorities of growers and volume.