The ultimate F&V post?

Via Growing Produce:

Michigan’s apple, cherry, peach, and plum producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Tree Fruit Research & Development Program, according to a press release from the state’s Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.


A total of 171 valid ballots were cast in the referendum. Of those, 120 producers voted yes (70%) representing 406 million pounds of apples, cherries, peaches, and plums (81%); and 51 producers voted no (30%) representing 95 million pounds (19%).

For renewal of the program and its activities, more than 50% of the voting producers, representing more than 50% of the production of those voting, must have approved it.


2 thoughts on “The ultimate F&V post?

  1. While it seems to be a moot issue, do U.S. “one man, one vote” provisions allow for this? In theory if if the referendum failed because 50% of the volume was not represented by 50% of the voters, someone in the majority could have sued.

    • Interesting question–and definitely it is never moot to have a comment that covers both Fruits and Votes!

      And, no, I do not know if this has ever been challenged, but of course, these are private associations, so I assume it is indeed moot in practice. (Some marketing boards and similar entities in the US are state-backed. I don’t think this one is.)

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