(AREA) -- Michigan corn producers will have an opportunity to vote on whether to continue the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan in a referendum conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development beginning Monday, January 28 through Friday, February 8. Ballots will be mailed to corn producers on Thursday, January 24. Eligible producers with questions, or those not receiving a ballot, should contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development toll-free at 800-292-3939. The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan was designed to increase the utilization of Michigan corn through market development, education, and research. The program was last approved in 2008 and, by law, must be renewed every 5-years. Currently, the assessment is one cent per bushel. For the program to be renewed, more than 50 percent of the producer votes cast, representing more than 50 percent of the total number of bushels represented on the cast ballots, must approve it. All ballots must be filled out completely, signed, and postmarked by February 8.