Today we welcome Michigan’s agriculture industry to Lansing to recognize the countless positive impacts our producers have in the Great Lakes State, around the nation and internationally. The 5.4 million acres of land across the state that are dedicated to farming supply a healthy variety of crops for our communities and people around the world.
Agriculture is Michigan’s second-largest industry, accounting for more than 20 percent of careers in the state, and it continues to flourish and grow beyond our mitten-shaped border.
House Speaker Kevin Cotter on Ag Day
The agriculture industry in Michigan is growing, we’re expanding, we’re developing more markets. The future is very, very bright.
—Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township,
House Committee on Agriculture member;
Owner, Pagel Produce in southwest Michigan
Farm Bureaus across the state have been celebrating, too, by sponsoring local activities and events to honor our agricultural diversity and recognize the farmers who are at the root of Michigan’s more than $91 billion industry.
And the industry has continued to grow, thanks to Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican Legislature. Michigan’s food and agriculture exports grew 8.9 percent in 2013, resulting in more than 8,400 new jobs for Michiganders.
The success of the state’s agriculture industry is an eggcellent reason to celebrate Michiganders’ hard work and dedication during Ag Day at the Capitol.