The state says Michigan potato growers have voted to continue paying for operations of a commission that promotes their product.
The state announced Thursday that all 23 farming operations that cast ballots voted for the assessment. Growers now pay 3.5 cents per hundredweight, and the first handlers pay 1.5 cents per hundredweight.
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Keith Creagh says the vote took place in April. He says it means the Michigan Potato Industry Commission will continue operating from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2017.
The state says the commission is designed to promote the potato industry through research, promotion, advertising, and market development and expansion. The law requires that growers vote every five years on whether to continue paying the fees.