A plan sponsored by Rep. Graham Filler to help facilitate the exportation of dairy products and other agricultural goods produced in Michigan has been signed into law.
For goods to be imported into certain countries, agricultural producers must be able to provide certificates of free sale to verify that the goods comply with safety regulations. The new law Filler helped establish empowers the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to issue these certificates for products grown or manufactured in Michigan.
“The farmers and agricultural producers in our community are absolutely amazing,” said Filler, of Clinton County. “They work hard to earn a living and they deserve to have the opportunity to market their food and products around the world.”
Previously, state law authorized MDARD to issue certificates of free sale for food, but other agricultural products were not explicitly addressed by the law. While the department had been issuing certificates for other agricultural goods, state law needed clarification to ensure Michigan farmers and manufacturers could continue exporting agricultural products.
House Bills 5742-5748 give MDARD clearer, broader authority to issue certificates of sale. In addition to food, the legislation would set guidelines to issue certificates of free sale for dairy products, commercial feed, pesticides, fertilizers, and nursery stock.
Filler’s measure, House Bill 5745, protecting the exportation of dairy products, was signed into law as Public Act 127 of 2022.
State Rep. Graham Filler this week voted to eliminate a requirement recently put in place by the unelected Natural Resources Commission (NRC) that, if allowed to stand, could result in criminal penalties for deer hunters who fail to comply.
State Rep. Graham Filler (R-Clinton County) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), with support from Michigan business owners and representatives from the Michigan Chamber, Small Business Association of Michigan and the Southwest Michigan Chamber of Commerce, today called upon state legislators to support House Bill 4902 and Senate Bill 117, also known as the Buy Michigan plan.