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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.

About Us

This agreement comes after MFB staff received numerous phone calls in late 2012 regarding the UIA requiring social security numbers of employees and threatening penalties. After numerous phone calls, emails and meetings, MFB staff was able to explain the intricacies of using migrant labor and the concerns about lawsuits from legal services and penalties regarding discriminatory actions related to document requests. In the end, MFB appreciates the willingness of the UIA staff and director to work on a common sense solution.

SB 1008, introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R-Midland), would reinstate the Water Conflict Resolution statute (formerly PA 177 of 2003). The bill, as passed the Senate, would provide high capacity well owners the ability to opt out of the mitigation process and proceed to court actions as an alternative. Additionally, the substitute bill removed appropriation language and instead it was included in HB 5400 (supplemental appropriation) to provide $600k to DEQ to administer the program.
This bill was ordered enrolled and awaits the Governor’s signature.


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