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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

Department of Agriculture Appropriations
On Wednesday, May 12, the Senate advanced HB 5875 (S-1) through the full Senate without amendments. The vote on the Senate Floor was unanimous in support of the budget without fees and with increases in the General Fund above the Governor's original recommendation, which includes funding for Right to Farm, fruit and vegetable and grain inspections and partial funding for MAEAP. There were concerns voiced by some Senators regarding where the additional revenue was from. These concerns reflected the same things heard on the House side several weeks earlier when an additional $900,000 was added to cover migrant labor housing and dairy program inspections.

The House procedurally non-concurred with the Senate changes and sent the bill to conference committee. Conferees include Representatives John Espinoza (D-Croswell), Gary McDowell (D-Rudyard), and Matt Lori (R-Constantine) and Senators Cameron Brown (R-Fawn River Twp), Ron Jelinek (R-Three Oaks), and Martha Scott (D-Highland).

Farm Bureau supports the Senate passed version of the MDA budget and urges the House to support the additional funding.

MFB Contact: Tonia Ritter, (800) 292-2680 ext. 2048

DNRE Appropriations
SB 1161, sponsored by Sen. Michelle McManus (R-Lake Leelanau) would provide FY 2010-11 appropriations for the Department of Natural Resources & Environment (DNRE).

The bill as passed the House DNRE Appropriations Subcommittee contains provisions to reduce the General Fund/General Purpose (GF/GP) spending by 7.2% from the FY 09-10 to a level of $40.8 million. 
The total budget proposal is 1% less than FY 09-10 levels at $719.3 million. The proposal also includes a reduction of 33.5 Full Time Equivalents (staffing), a reduction of .9% from 09-10 levels to bring total staffing to 3,678.5.


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