Michigan fruit tree growers vote to continue research program

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Apple, cherry, peach, and plum producers in Michigan have voted to continue the Michigan Tree Fruit Research and Development Program.

The program was created in 2014 to boost the economic position and competitiveness of Michigan’s tree fruit industry by supporting fruit research, research stations, and extension programs. 

The goal for this program is to keep Michigan’s tree fruit industry on the cutting edge of new technology as well as developing new research that keep Michigan’s farmers profitable on the world stage in the future. The program is run by nine tree fruit producers appointed by the Governor.

Officials say 171 valid ballots were cast in the referendum on whether to continue the program an additional five years, with 120 voting yes and 51 voting no. The director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is a non-voting member, as is Michigan State University’s dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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