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Michigan’s Green Industry – Continuing to GROW!

About the Industry
With a combined economic impact of $5.715 billion, Michigan’s nursery, perennial plant production, Christmas tree, sod producers, landscaping and lawn care industries continue to grow!

* Breaking News—We are now the 4th largest Nursery State in the Nation!

*#1 specialty crop in Michigan
*Landscape services and Retail Sectors = $4.5 billion economic impact
*Together, all segments of the Green Industry account for a total of 36,162 individuals employed (Knudson & Peterson, 2012). According to US Census Data, this equates to 1 out of every 170 Michigan citizens between the ages of 18-65.

About Us


MDA’s mission it to protect, promote, and preserve the food, agricultural, environmental, and economic interests of the people of Michigan.  Some of the top priorities include: ensuring food safety and security; animal and plant health and protection; environmental stewardship; a viable agricultural economy; consumer protection; and homeland security – and each one impacts us all in some way each and every day: (www.mi.gov/documents/mda/MDAoverview_221683_7.pdf).

To understand what Michigan agriculture looks like it’s important to have a little background as to what exactly we are protecting, promoting, and preserving.  As you can see from some of the general facts about Michigan’s agriculture for 2007 listed below, it impacts a substantial part of the state’s economy and population (www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125-1572-7775--,00.html):

Michigan agriculture contributes $71.3 billion annually to the state’s economy, making it the second largest industry.  Production agriculture, food processing, and related businesses employ more than one million Michigan residents.
•    Michigan’s agricultural economy expanded at a rate of more than five times faster than the general economy (11.9 percent versus 2 percent) between 2006 and 2007 and continues, making agriculture a cornerstone to diversifying Michigan’s economy in the future.
•    Michigan produces over 200 commodities on a commercial basis, making the state second only to California in agricultural diversity.

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