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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!

* We are 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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Public Act 299 of 2010 prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers on residential or commercial lawns, beginning January 1, 2012.   Phosphorus applications for agriculture, for new turf establishment, based on soil test results, for certain types of manure and by golf courses that complete an approved training course are not included.  
                   
Highlights:

•    Starting January 1, 2012, a person shall not apply any fertilizer with available phosphate (P2O5) to turf except:

o    a tissue, soil or other test performed within the preceding 3 years...indicating that the level of available phosphate in the soil is deficient to support healthy turf grass growth or establishment;
o    new turf establishment using seed or sod;
o    when the product is a finished sewage sludge product (biosolids), an organic manure or a manipulated manure and it is applied to turf at a rate of not more than 0.25 pounds of phosphorus per 1,000 square feet at any one time;
o    a golf course that has successfully completed a training program approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).

•    Local phosphorus fertilizer ordinances in existence before December 16, 2010 are grandfathered. 

•    Fertilizer cannot be applied to frozen soil or soil saturated with water.   Any fertilizer released onto an impervious surface must be cleaned up promptly.

•    The other phosphorus provisions in Act 299 include new definitions, setbacks from surface water, $50 civil fines and outreach information.  

SB 509, Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R-Traverse City) would amend the Natural Resources Protection Act to create a new “Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Council” comprised of MDA, DEQ, DNR, and MDOT directors and other stakeholders, to provide final recommendation of a draft a new management plan for state regulators that includes provisions for monitoring, control and eradication, and rapid responses. The council will also make recommendation to the funding mechanism to implement the plan.  The bill contains legislative “findings” including identifying certain industry sectors as “major potential vectors”.
 
SB 510, Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-Hart) would amend the Natural Resources Protection Act to require that the new “Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Council” proposed by Senate Bill 509 to make recommendations for state regulators and the legislature, also include provisions related to commercial sources of invasive species, including the aquarium, bait, pet, water garden, horticulture, aquaculture, and shipping trades.

 

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