(MDA, Aug. 16, 2017)
LANSING – In a unanimous vote, Michigan’s onion producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Onion Promotion and Development Program, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams announced today.
Established in September 1977, the Michigan Onion Promotion and Development Program was developed to improve the economic position of the state’s onion producers by creating greater marketing opportunities for Michigan onions. By law, the program must be renewed every five years.
The Michigan Onion Promotion and Development Program will continue for an additional five years beginning September 1, 2017. The current program assessment rate is $.06 per hundredweight of onions.
For renewal of the program and its activities, more than 50 percent of the voting producers, representing more than 50 percent of the pounds sold by those voting, must have approved it.
Michigan onion facts:
In 2009, Michigan produced 133 million pounds of Michigan onions, worth $14.3 million
Most Michigan onions are grown in the south central and southern counties of Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent, Newaygo, Ottawa and Van Buren
Nutrition: Onions are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium