Thursday, March 18, 2010

Michigan Agriculture Day - March 20

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm declared this Saturday, March 20, Michigan Agriculture Day, which coincides with National Agriculture Day, observed on the first day of spring since 1973.

“Our state’s agricultural diversity offers something for everyone,” Granholm said. “From top-quality meat and vegetables to fine produce like apples, melons and blueberries, Michigan farmers produce wholesome, healthy food we all can enjoy.”

Agriculture is the second largest component of Michigan’s economy with an impact of over $71.3 billion. Between 2006 and 2007, agriculture grew over five times faster than the state’s general economy – 11.9 percent versus 2 percent – making it a key component of Michigan’s economy now and into the future.

Michigan produces over 200 agricultural commodities, more than any other state except California. Michigan dairy products provide a $5.1 billion impact on the state’s economy, placing the state ninth nationally in milk production. With an annual economic impact of $394 million, Michigan cattle production ranks 30th in the nation. The Michigan poultry industry produces 2.7 billion eggs each year, adding up to an annual value of $211.5 million. Michigan field crops like corn, dried beans, soybeans, sugar beets, hay and wheat contribute another $1.3 billion to Michigan’s economy each year.

“Whether Michiganians celebrate Michigan Agriculture Day with a cheeseburger made with Michigan beef and dairy or a soup made with Michigan beans, I hope people throughout the state take a moment to enjoy Michigan’s agricultural bounty on Saturday,” Granholm said.

Over one million Michiganians work in production agriculture, food processing, and other related businesses. Michigan’s integrated network of family farmers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and consumers work to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply enjoyed by millions throughout the state.

Explore Michigan's specialty crops with WMTA interactive Agri-Tourism map!

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