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Should Michigan’s corn assessment increase?

Michigan corn farmers are deciding if they want to double the assessment for the state’s checkoff program.

Executive director of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan Jim Zook tells Brownfield the organization’s referendum passed with overwhelming support last year to continue the program for five more years. 

“We have never increased the checkoff rate since its beginning,” he says.  “As with everything, the cost to do business is going up. And so that is why it is time that we make sure that we’ve got the resources to be able to develop new markets, to educate the consumers and policymakers.”

An amendment under consideration would increase the current $0.01 per bushel assessment to $0.02.

“It’s important more now than ever that we actually look at trying to create more demand. If we can create that demand, we’ll make farm operations more profitable.”

The checkoff was created in 1993 to support research, promotion, and education of Michigan’s corn industry. 

Ballots are due to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development by February 2nd.

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