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GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Michigan Agri-Business Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan Allied Poultry Industries Inc. and the Potato Growers of Michigan today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for making agriculture eligible for 21st Century Jobs funds.


Source: Michigan Agri-Business Association

MI Agriculture Leaders Applaud Governor Snyder for Giving Agriculture Industry Resources to Grow Jobs

EAST LANSING — GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Michigan Agri-Business Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan Allied Poultry Industries Inc. and the Potato Growers of Michigan today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for making agriculture eligible for 21st Century Jobs funds. Announced in his first State of the State, Snyder’s move will give Michigan agriculture the resources to grow more jobs in Michigan and contribute to the state’s economy.

"Michigan agriculture will play an important role today and in the near future as demand for safe, affordable food grows nationally and across the globe, and Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision will give Michigan agriculture the resources we need to compete," said Dave Armstrong, president and CEO of GreenStone Farm Credit Services. "Gov. Snyder recognizes that Michigan agriculture is essential to diversifying our state’s economy and creating much-needed jobs. Giving agriculture access to the 21st Century Jobs fund is an important step for Michigan’s future."

"Michigan commodities such as milk and dairy products are fighting hard to compete at a time when we are seeing steadily increasing demand worldwide for more protein, milk and dairy products," said Ken Nobis, president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association. "Dairy is Michigan’s largest single commodity, and a national leader in terms of productivity. The 21st Century Jobs fund is an important tool that can help us better compete against dairy industries in other states and countries."

"Gov. Rick Snyder shows he understands agriculture’s importance to Michigan’s economy, and we applaud his leadership on this issue," said George House, executive director of Michigan Allied Poultry Industries Inc. "Michigan’s poultry sector, from our egg producers to turkey and chicken producers, are working tirelessly to increase productivity, meet growing demand, fight diseases and create local jobs, while protecting our natural resources. With support from the 21st Century Jobs fund, Michigan poultry can do even more on these fronts and give back to both our communities and our economy."

"Michigan potato growers applaud Gov. Rick Snyder for his support of Michigan agriculture and the role we play in diversifying Michigan’s economy," said Ben Kudwa, executive director of the Potato Growers of Michigan Inc. "Michigan potato production is steadily growing and proving that we can be a national leader, with the right support and resources. Access to the 21st Century Jobs fund is a critical step in this direction, and we look forward to growing Michigan’s potato sector, creating more local jobs as we have done, and helping our economy move forward."

"Michigan agriculture accounts for one in every four jobs in Michigan, and support from the 21st Century Jobs fund is a logical and practical tool that can help Michigan agriculture create even more local jobs," said Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association. "Michigan agricultural businesses represent one of the few bright spots in our economy. We are investing in new technology projects and creating new jobs, and we look forward to doing even more to rebuild Michigan’s economy."

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CONTACTS:

  • Dave Armstrong, President and CEO of GreenStone Farm Credit Services: (517) 318-2290
  • Ken Nobis, President of the Michigan Milk Producers Association: (248) 474-6672
  • George House, Executive Director of Michigan Allied Poultry Industries Inc.: (616) 676-5593
  • Ben Kudwa, Executive Director, Potato Growers of Michigan: (517) 669-8377
  • Jim Byrum, President of the Michigan Agri-Business Association: (517) 336-0223