Carrot growers vote on keeping promotion program

LANSING, MI – Michigan's carrot producers are deciding whether to keep paying to promote their product.

The Ag Marketing Resource Center says Michigan grew 17 percent of the nation's processing carrots and 3 percent of its fresh carrots last year.

A vote runs Monday through June 26 on whether to renew the Carrot Industry Development Program for another five years.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture says the program seeks "to improve the economic position of the state's carrot producers" with "greater marketing opportunities through crop and market information, advertising and promotion and appropriate research."

The program charges carrot growers 1.5 cents per master pack of fresh carrots and 30 cents per ton of processing carrots.