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Wheat growers approve higher check-off rate

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota wheat growers have approved a referendum to increase their commodity check-off rate. The vote was 334 to 154 to increase the wheat check-off from one cent per bushel to two cents per bushel. Through the automatic check-off program, farmers pay a percentage of their sale proceeds to their commodity council to support promotion, communication and research activities aimed at increasing their crop value.

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The previous rate had been in place since the wheat check-off was established 30 years ago. The new rate will become effective July 1, 2010.

The growers also elected new board members to serve three-year terms. Those winning a three year term are:

Area I

Brian Jensen, Stephen

Wayne Olson, Fosston

Area II

Douglas Ruud, Twin Valley

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