Region: Michigan
Agriculture

Michigan Wine Grape Growers Public Act 232 Petition

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Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
48 supporters
19% achieved 250 for collection target
48 supporters
19% achieved 250 for collection target
  1. Launched 24/05/2024
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We, the undersigned growers of Michigan wine grapes do hereby petition the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to consider adoption of a new marketing program under the Agricultural Commodities Marketing Act, P.A. 232 of 1965, as amended. The program shall be focused primarily on funding for research, education and promotion to improve and support Michigan wine grape and wine production and consumer awareness. 
We call on the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to appoint a temporary committee composed of Michigan wine grape growers to develop a proposed program, to consider the program at public hearings, and to conduct a referendum of wine grape growers after the hearings to consider approval of the program developed by the temporary committee. 

Reason

The program shall be focused primarily on funding for research, education and promotion to improve and support Michigan wine grape and wine production and consumer awareness.
 
Petition to be signed only by those Michigan wine grape growers who grow or cause to be grown more than 3 tons of grapes for the production of wine for commercial use in any one of the last three years.

The petition is only to say they are interested in exploring the possibility of a 232 checkoff program. It is in the verbage at the top of the petition. Signing the petition will NOT put a 232 program in place. There are additional steps for that to happen.
 
If / when sufficient signatures are obtained the next step is a committee of growers appointed by the Governor to explore what the assessment would entail. That would involve the committee putting together some ideas with input from the grower community and then having public meetings in the NW, SW and possibly another meeting to represent other areas of the state with vineyards to seek input and discussion among the growers.
 
If there seems to be support from growers the next step is a statewide referendum by all wine grape growers to approve the program. If approved, this process continues with review / renewal or not every 5 years.
 
Currently, there is no unified grower group that represents grape growers for the entire state. Importantly, the 232 funds give growers a seat at the table with MDARD and with MSU / Project GREEEN.

Thank you for your support, Michigan Wine Collaborative from Traverse City,
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After the Michigan Wine Council was disbanded, the grape and wine industry lost valuable funding if for research, despite the fact that this industry contributes over $6 billion in economic activity.

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I am a small new grower in South East Michigan and I think it is important to have a unified grape growing state. I feel we are the next big up and coming state in the nation and should be more recognized for and more supported in our efforts.

Research is necessary to advance the quality and cost efficiency of the Michigan wine Industry. Competition in the world market requires to be on the leading edge of these two important goals.

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