WHEREAS, apples are one of the largest and most valuable fruit crops in Michigan; and
WHEREAS, Michigan apple growers will harvest an estimated 28.74 million bushels in 2014; and
WHEREAS, Michigan is the second-largest apple producing state in the nation; and
WHEREAS, there are more than 9.2 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 36,500 acres on 850 family-run farms in Michigan; and
WHEREAS, Michigan apple growers produce more than 18 varieties of apples, available in grocery stores, supermarkets, farm markets, cider mills and U-picks; and
WHEREAS, eating Michigan apples regularly can contribute to good health.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2014 as Pure Michigan Apple month.