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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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HB 4207, introduced by Rep. Ken Kurtz (R-Coldwater), would amend the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to restrict the Department of Environmental Quality from promulgating rules to prohibit the open burning of residential trash from 1-2 family dwellings. The bill was amended in committee to allow for the open burning of untreated wooden fruit and vegetable bins for disease or pest control purposes.   This bill passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes. 

Farm Bureau supports HB 4207.  MFB Contact: Matt Smego, ext. 2044

SB 922 and SB 923, introduced by Sen. John Gleason (D-Flushing) would restore some of the authorities of the Agriculture Commission authority to select the Director of the Department. The bills also open up sections of law that have very old references to activities of the Department that might have unintended consequences if the legislation were to move forward. For example, the bill includes some references related to transferring the Board of Managers of the UP State Fair to MDARD, which has since become independent of the state. 

Both bills have been referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee. 

MFB policy supports the historical commission system of government, including the Commission’s authority to employ the director.
 

MFB Contact: Tonia Ritter, ext. 2048

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