(April 28, 4:20 p.m.) Michigan apple growers have renewed the state’s advertising, promotion and research program for five more years.

Debra Miller, executive assistant for the Michigan Department of Agriculture, said 147 growers voted to continue the program, while 25 voted against it.

Miller said growers pay a 45-cent assessment per cwt. for fresh apples, 21 cents per cwt. for processed apples and 5 cents per cwt. for product going to the juice market. Growers also pay additional assessments of 4 cents per cwt. for research programs and 3 cents per cwt. for U.S. Apple promotions.

The program comes up for a vote every five years. The latest extension continues the program through Aug. 13, 2013.