June, 2014: Michigan Floriculture Month

WHEREAS, agriculture is the second largest industry in the state of Michigan, and floriculture is the fourth largest commodity and the largest specialty crop; and

WHEREAS, Michigan is a national leader in the production of floriculture products, only behind California and Florida; and

WHEREAS, Michigan’s over 540 commercial growers distribute a wholesale value of over $375 million; and

WHEREAS, Michigan’s floriculture industry employs over 9,000 workers in the industry;

WHEREAS, Michigan’s floriculture industry ranks number one nationally in sales of Impatiens, Begonias, Geraniums, Petunias, and potted Easter Lilies; and second nationally in sales of Pansies, Chrysanthemums, potted Hostas, Marigolds, potted vegetable plants and flowering bulbs; and

WHEREAS, the Michigan Floriculture Growers Council represents the collective business interests of the floriculture sector of Michigan’s economy; and

WHEREAS, we recognize this month as a time when residents beautify their yards and patios with flowers. This not only improves the great appearance of our state and the quality of life for gardeners and their neighbors, but also supports Michigan’s vibrant floriculture industry.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June, 2014 as Michigan Floriculture Month.