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Washington sweet cherry growers have voted to continue their federal marketing order.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the vote, from April 21 to May 15, favored continuance of the marketing order by 97% of growers who voted. Those growers represented 98% of the sweet cherry volume in the state, according to a news release. According to the order’s bylaws, the referendum must take place every six years, with a two-thirds approval required by the USDA for the marketing order to continue.
The Washington sweet cherry marketing order authorizes grade, size, quality, maturity, container regulations, and marketing research and development projects, according to the release. The Washington Cherry Marketing Committee administers the marketing order.