Wheat growers OK increase in promotional fee hike
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's wheat growers have approved the first increase in their promotional check off fee in 30 years.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced Monday that the vote was 334-154 to increase the wheat checkoff from 1 cent per bushel to 2 cents per bushel.
Through the automatic checkoff program, wheat farmers pay a percentage of their sale proceeds to their commodity council. The money supports promotion, communications and research activities aimed at increasing the value of their crop.
The new rate becomes effective July 1.