Rick Snyder Praises Michigan Agriculture

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is joining a broad chorus of state politicians in praising the Michigan agriculture sector, arguing that farming may offer a solution to the state’s chronic economic troubles.

In recent years, Michigan and Michigan politicians have risen to prominence in the agricultural sector. Agriculture is a major part of the state’s economy. Michigan is second only to California in the diversity of crops grown. Michigan farmers are the leading growers of fruit in the US, and its farms generate about $6.6 billion in revenue a year.

Congressional politics have reflected this growing agricultural power. Upon the defeat of Democrat Blanche Lincoln in the 2010 election, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow became the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Snyder’s recent address at the Michigan Farm Bureau’s annual meeting only reinforces the importance of farming to the state. In particular, Snyder emphasized the state’s goal of doubling farm exports, increasing jobs by 10 percent, and increasing access to healthy food by twenty percent within the next five years.

He also referred to the farm sector as the state’s “shining star” and claimed, “You’re the group that kept us going during 2000 to 2010.”

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer