House committee members view different aspects of industry
State Reps. Phil Potvin and Bruce Rendon this week invited members of the House Agriculture Committee to visit some of the industry leaders in Missaukee and Osceola counties.
The panel made stops at Yoplait in Reed City, Michigan State University AgBio Research Facility in Lake City, Dutchman Tree Farms in Manton, and Northern Michigan Christian School in McBain, the first Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) certified school in the state.
“When people think of Northern Michigan often they think of the forests, hunting and other outdoor recreation activities,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “This was an opportunity to show the agricultural side of our region, from manufacturing and processing, to the fields, to the leaders in industry principles.”
Other lawmakers on the June 10 tour included Rep. Kevin Daley, committee chairman, and Reps. Joel Johnson, Ben Glardon, Ken Kurtz and Charles Brunner. Representatives from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Michigan Farm Bureau also accompanied the group.
“Michigan has one of the strongest and most diverse agricultural industries in the nation,” said Potvin, R-Cadillac. “I am glad that Rep. Rendon and I were able to host members of the committee and industry representatives here in northern Michigan. It is important that legislators see firsthand the hard work, innovation, and quality products that our Michigan farmers, students, and manufacturers are producing.”
The MAEAP certification earned by Northern Michigan Christian School is a voluntary program helping farms, businesses and government bodies prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks through education and counseling on state and federal environmental guidelines.