Did you know Michigan produces more than 300 different commodities? That makes Michigan the second-most diverse agricultural state in the country behind California. Having such a diverse agricultural industry has an incredible impact on the state’s economy. Agriculture contributes more than $101.2 billion to the economy each year. Here are some more facts about Michigan agriculture:
JOBS: Michigan’s agricultural exports totaled $3.2 billion in 2012, while production agriculture, food processing and related businesses employ over 1.1 million Michigan residents.
GROWTH: Agriculture is one of the fastest growing sectors of Michigan’s economy, increasing 60 percent over the past decade.
DIVERSITY: A wide range of products on store shelves have roots in Michigan, from potato chips, deli meats and dairy products to sugar, baked snacks and fruits and vegetables.
NUMBER ONE: Michigan ranks number one in production of several commodities, including: blueberries, cucumbers, dry black beans, dry cranberry beans, dry small red beans, flowering hanging baskets, geraniums, impatiens, niagara grapes, petunias, squash, tart cherries and vegetable type bedding plants.
ACREAGE: Approximately 10 million acres are embedded in Michigan farms, more than 90 percent of it is owned by families or individuals.
FARMS: Michigan is densely populated with nearly 52,000 farms.
DAIRY: Michigan’s number one commodity – milk and dairy products – contributes nearly $6 billion to the economy annually.
POTATOES: Michigan is the nation’s largest producer of potatoes for potato chips.
POULTRY: Michigan is the nation’s seventh-largest egg producer, and family owned Michigan businesses supply eggs for national restaurants.
SWINE: Michigan’s pork sector generates around $500 million in economic activity every year and employs more than 6,000 people in the state.
FIELD CROPS: Michigan’s land is home to a vast array of field crops, including these found within the top 10 Michigan commodities: corn, soybeans, wheat and sugarbeets.