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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

HB 5228, introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster (R-Kewadin), would redefine an intrastate commercial motor vehicle as being greater than 26,000 lbs.   This bill has been referred to the House Transportation Committee.  Farm Bureau has provided recommended language to the bill sponsor and interested stakeholders to improve the bill.

Farm Bureau will support the bill with amendments.  MFB Contact: Matt Smego, ext. 2044

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


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