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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.

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RESIDENTIAL PHOSPHORUS RESTRICTIONS
HB 5368, introduced by Rep. Terry Brown (D-Pigeon), would restrict the use of fertilizer containing phosphorus on turf. The bill provides allowances for phosphorus use under certain conditions. Agricultural applications are not included in the restricted use. A few technical changes were approved on the House floor, and additional considerations will likely be discussed in the Senate review of the legislation.

This bill passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee.
Farm Bureau is neutral on HB 5368.
MFB Contact: Tonia Ritter, (800) 292-2680 ext. 2048

PESTICIDE NOTIFICATION REGISTRY
HB 6373, introduced by Rep. Tim Bledsoe (D-Gross Pointe), would amend the Pesticide Law and require the Department of Agriculture to include individuals who pay $20 to be on the pesticide notification registry for turf and ornamental pesticide applications. Currently, to be eligible individuals must have a doctor’s note and recommendation.

This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Great Lakes and Environment.
Farm Bureau is opposed to HB 6373.
MFB Contact: Tonia Ritter, (800) 292-2680 ext. 2048

SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION
HB 6457, introduced by Rep. Jeff Mayes (D-Bay City), would provide property tax exemption for machinery used to install or implement soil and water conservation techniques on qualified agricultural property.

This bill has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee.
Farm Bureau supports HB 6457.
MFB Contact: Tonia Ritter, (800) 292-2680 ext. 2048

RIGHT TO FARM ACT EXEMPTION FOR DETROIT

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