March 1 - 8, 2014: Weights and Measures Week

WHEREAS, the Weights and Measures Program of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Laboratory Division serves to meet the public need of standard weights and measures in the State of Michigan; and

WHEREAS, Weights and Measures activities have an estimated impact of over $170 billion in the State of Michigan annually; and

WHEREAS, the employees of the Weights and Measures Program are responsible for ensuring that all weighing and measuring devices used in commerce are accurate in both their design and operation; and

WHEREAS, with growing awareness of consumer needs for accurate measurement, clear labeling of products has become a necessity for anyone trying to make an informed purchasing decision; and

WHEREAS, with an increased need to protect businesses from unfair trade practices there needs to be assurance that standards used in manufacturing and commerce are accurate and traceable back to national and international standards; and

WHEREAS, this year, the National Conference on Weights and Measures theme is "Weights and Measures Officials - Making Sure the Marketplace Measures Up"; and

WHEREAS, each year, the first week in March is set aside to commemorate the enactment of our nation’s first Weights and Measures Law in 1799 and to increase public awareness of the importance of this law.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the week of March 1 through March 8, 2014, as Weights and Measures Week in Michigan.