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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

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

Seven bills were recently introduced to repeal portions of statute pertaining to rules and regulations that the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) determined are no longer necessary. According to the Department, if the bills pass, it will effectively reduce the Department’s rules by 28 percent. Following is a list of bill numbers and titles. If you would like a more detailed summary, contact Tonia Ritter. 

Farm Bureau supports the legislation.   MFB Contact: Tonia Ritter, ext. 2048

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Rules Repeal Package

In Executive Order 2011-5, Governor Snyder directed every state agency to conduct a systematic review of rules and regulations by July 15, 2011. MDARD, with 4.68% of the State’s total, had a total of 98 regulations and 878 rules, all of which underwent internal review. This package of bills will rescind one obsolete law, 18 obsolete regulations and 217 unnecessary rules.

  • HB 5206: Cherry Commission 
  • HB 5207: The Seal of Quality Act
  • HB 5208: Weights & Measures Act 
  • HB 5209: Upper Peninsula State
  • HB 5210: Apple Commission 
  • HB 5211: Grain Dealers 
  • HB 5212: Insect Pest and Plant Disease Act



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