Michigan’s diverse agriculture industry
In America, we have the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food supply in the world.
Consider this: just about everything we eat, wear, and use comes from American agriculture. In Michigan, agriculture contributes over $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy. With the state’s wide variety of climates and soil types, Michigan farms produce over 200 commodities, second only to California in terms of agricultural diversity (they grow citrus as well).
Sugar beets, potatoes, dry beans, logging, vegetables, fruit, floriculture and, of course, dairy are just an example of the commodities produced right here in the state. Michigan ranks first in production of blueberries, cucumbers for pickles, flowering hanging baskets, geraniums for seeds and cutting, impatiens and petunias. Milk is Michigan’s top commodity, with the dairy industry annually contributing $14.7 billion to the state’s economy. In 2012, Michigan produced about 8.9 billion pounds of milk.
Diversity can be seen right here in our own county. In Calhoun County, farmers produce and raise corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, bees, pigs, beef cattle, dairy cows, chickens, turkeys, equine, sheep, llamas, alpacas, chestnuts, sod grass, Christmas trees, popcorn, potatoes, hay, fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
Are you surprised the list is so long?
The next time you sit down to dinner, get dressed in the morning, or light a candle be sure to think of a farmer and be thankful because of their production, you are able to have those items.
Thanks to Andrea Boughton, Calhoun County Farm Bureau Co-Chair for her insight into Michigan’s diverse agriculture industry.