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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 4307, sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo) would update the definition of agriculture in the MI-OSHA statute and recognize the use of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes, rather than the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes. SIC codes were developed in the 1950s and have remained largely unchanged, creating challenges for emerging agriculture markets like the Christmas tree industry. This sector has encountered MI-OSHA regulators citing them for failure to comply with “general industry” standards versus “agriculture” standards. NAICS codes recognize Christmas trees as an agriculture sector.  Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor has communicated with states that grain handling facilities are to be treated under the “general industry” standard for safety standards. It is unclear if MI-OSHA will interpret that facilities set up exclusively for grain handling will need to comply with the general industry standards, or that it will apply to all facilities with grain storage, including farms.   The bill has passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee.  

Farm Bureau supports HB 4307.  MFB Contact: Rob Anderson, ext. 2046
 

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

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