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On this week’s Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes, Angel Jenio, communications director for the Michigan Corn Growers Association, discusses the importance of this week’s “National Ag Week” celebration for everyone in Michigan.
“For corn farmers and everyone involved in Michigan agriculture, Ag Week provided a chance to broadcast the many benefits of our state’s agriculture sector,” says Jenio. “Productive farms keep economic activity going strong, sparking investment and helping businesses grow. We’re proud to be part of a productive, innovative sector that benefits everyone in Michigan – and Ag Week provided a chance to tell that story.”
Jenio says more than 52,000 Michigan farmers produce more than 300 different products, making Michigan the second most diverse agricultural state in the nation. Production on those farms pumps about $100 billion dollars into our economy every year.
“Agriculture also creates jobs in Michigan, from our small towns to our largest cities,” says Jenio. “In fact, more than 900,000 jobs are connected to agriculture. That’s about one-quarter of all jobs in our state.”
More information about Ag Week, as well as National Ag Day on March 21, is available at www.agday.org.
You can hear this week’s report here.
The Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes is brought to you by the Agricultural Leaders of Michigan. It airs weekly on News/Talk 760 WJR and features voices from Michigan’s growing agriculture sector.