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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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MDA hopes to stop introduction of new exotic pest 


Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Don Koivisto today announced the establishment of a new plant pest quarantine against the Chestnut Gall Wasp to protect the state’s growing chestnut industry from the devastating effects of an exotic insect pest found elsewhere in the U.S.  Effective immediately, shipments of chestnut nursery stock coming from infested states are prohibited unless certain regulatory requirements are met.
"Michigan’s growing chestnut industry is at risk.  We rank number one in the country for number of chestnut farms; 54 farms encompassing 813 acres. Not to mention, chestnuts are among the many different specialty crops grown in Michigan,” said Koivisto. "We want to prevent the introduction of chestnut gall wasp into our state to ensure the continued health and viability of chestnut groves across Michigan.”
 
MDA’s exterior state quarantine places restrictions on the movement of chestnut nursery stock from the following quarantined states - Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.
 

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