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ALM Applaud Snyder for Moving Forward on Bridge
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The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan (ALM) today applauded Governor Rick Snyder for negotiating an agreement with Canada that will begin the process of building the New International Trade Crossing between Michigan and Canada.


Source: Agricultural Leaders of Michigan

Agricultural Leaders Applaud Snyder for Moving Forward on New International Bridge


The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan (ALM) today applauded Governor Rick Snyder for negotiating an agreement with Canada that will begin the process of building the New International Trade Crossing between Michigan and Canada. Construction of the bridge is expected to create 10,000 jobs and support 237,000 jobs in Michigan that depend on trade with Canada in the long term.

The agreement allows for the creation of an International Authority to oversee bidding to privately design, develop, finance, construct and operate the NITC. The authority will be made up of three members appointed by the government of Canada and three members appointed by Michigan.

“Michigan agricultural businesses applaud Gov. Rick Snyder for moving forward on one of the most significant projects for Michigan to compete in international trade and create local jobs,” said Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association. “Michigan agriculture depends on open, reliable access to domestic and international markets. This new project will open new global markets for farmers, allowing us to reach new markets and keep up with growing worldwide demand for food.”

“Agriculture employs one in four Michigan citizens, with many local jobs depending on trade,” said Dave Armstrong, CEO GreenStone Farm Credit Services. “Building a new international bridge is critical to helping us create and keep these jobs. Gov. Snyder’s agreement with Canada will help establish southeast Michigan as a global transportation hub that will support and grow Michigan agriculture.”

“The key to Michigan agriculture’s continued success is reliable access to markets and with Canada representing Michigan’s largest single trading partner, a new bridge is the key to strengthening Michigan’s economy,” said Sam Hines, executive vice president of the Michigan Pork Producers Association. “More than 25 percent of U. S. pork is currently exported worldwide and a new bridge will significantly improve Michigan agriculture’s reach into markets far beyond our borders. This new agreement will bring real opportunities to all sectors of Michigan agriculture, from agri-businesses to food processors to family farms.”

“Michigan poultry producers are working hard to grow and create local jobs, and one of the great opportunities we have is trade with Canada and states on the U.S. East Coast,” said George House, executive director of the Michigan Allied Poultry Industries Inc. “We are excited about the new agreement to build the New International Trade Crossing. We thank Governor Rick Snyder for positioning Michigan agriculture to continue growing and competing in the global economy.”

“Michigan agriculture currently contributes over $90 billion a year to Michigan’s economy and that number is poised to continue growing,” said Jeff Sandborn, president of the Michigan Corn Growers Association. “If we are going to keep up with increasing global demand for food and agricultural commodities, we need to expand trade capacity and access new markets. Thank you Governor Synder for your commitment to building the New International Trade Crossing that will allow us to seize new opportunities for economic growth.”

“As Michigan’s largest commodity, milk and dairy depend on good transportation networks to get to markets in Canada and beyond,” said Ken Nobis, president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association. “Our export opportunities have grown significantly in the past several years and access to international markets starts with our ability to cross the U.S. Canadian border. Michigan milk producers welcome the agreement with Canada to build an international bridge that can help us achieve this important goal.”

Under the new agreement, no Michigan taxpayer money will be used to construct the bridge. In addition, Canada’s expenditure of $500 million will be eligible as U.S. federal matching funds for more highway projects across Michigan which will create additional construction jobs.