LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials will take a vote of Michigan tree fruit producers on whether to establish a research and development program.
The referendum will take place from Feb. 17-28.
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams authorized the vote after reviewing testimony at public hearings in Comstock Park and Traverse City last November, along with written comments.
The research would be paid for through assessments on tree fruits including apples, cherries, plums and peaches. A committee appointed by the governor would administer the program.
Ballots will be mailed to eligible tree fruit producers Feb. 13. The program needs more than 50 percent approval to be adopted.