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Ag Leaders Praise Gov. Snyder's Budget for Ag, Rural Dev.
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The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan praised Governor Rick Snyder today for drafting a budget that supports Michigan’s agriculture industry and rural development.


Source: Agricultural Leaders of Michigan

Agricultural Leaders Praise Gov. Snyder's Budget for Ag, Rural Development


The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan praised Governor Rick Snyder today for drafting a budget that supports Michigan’s agriculture industry and rural development.

One highlight of Gov. Snyder’s budget was funding for a new Food and Agriculture Industry Growth Initiative that would research barriers facing Michigan’s agriculture industry, and allow Michigan’s agri-businesses, producers and processors to seize new opportunities for growth.

“Agriculture is one of the fastest growing sectors of Michigan’s economy, and it is poised to continue growing,” said Dave Armstrong, president and CEO of GreenStone Farm Credit Services. “Governor Snyder has put forth a budget that addresses some of the major barriers to the expansion of food production and processing in Michigan. These initiatives are an opportunity to create jobs for Michiganders and ensure that the industry can continue to be a major driver of Michigan’s economy.”

The budget recommendations also include funding for critical infrastructure, including repairing Michigan’s roads and bridges and programs to support passenger and freight rail.

“Worldwide demand for food and agricultural products is skyrocketing, and that means new opportunities for Michigan’s agriculture industry,” said Gail Frahm, executive director of the Michigan Soybean Association. “To take advantage of those opportunities, Michigan needs a comprehensive transportation infrastructure strategy that will allow us to reach national and global markets. Governor Snyder deserves praise for drafting a budget that prioritizes funding Michigan’s transportation infrastructure.”