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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

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


WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail. The new map was jointly developed by USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Oregon State University's (OSU) PRISM Climate Group.

For the first time, the map is available as an interactive GIS-based map, for which a broadband Internet connection is recommended; and as static images for those with slower Internet access. Users may also simply type in a ZIP Code and find the hardiness zone for that area.

No posters of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map have been printed. But state, regional, and national images of the map can be downloaded and printed in a variety of sizes and resolutions. Go to www.planthardiness.ars.usda.gov for more information.


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