(Feb. 29, 4:53 p.m.) Michigan asparagus growers are deciding the fate of a state marketing order that supports research and helps create marketing opportunities.

Meanwhile, growers of Peruvian asparagus got a boost when Congress voted to extend a trade pact that has given growers access to U.S. markets.

From Feb. 25 through March 7, Michigan growers are voting on whether to extend their marketing order, which is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

By law, the order, established in 1978, must be approved by growers every five years. The order is funded through an assessment of 1½ cents per pound of asparagus.

On Feb. 27, the House of Representatives voted to extend the Andean Trade Preference Act. The Senate approved it Feb. 28.