WHEREAS, Michigan’s farmers provide consumers with not only food and fiber on our nearly 10 million acres of farmland, but they also lay the foundation for a dynamic food and agriculture industry, making it one of our state's critical economic drivers, substantially contributing to our state's economy each year; and,
WHEREAS, production agriculture, food processing and related businesses comprise a large portion of the state’s workforce and produce more than 300 different agricultural commodities making Michigan one of the most agriculturally diverse states in the nation; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan's integrated network of family farmers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers work to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply enjoyed by millions throughout our state and across the globe; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan’s food and agricultural sector continues to be a growing industry offering new business and career opportunities for Michiganders, making food and agriculture a cornerstone of Michigan’s continued reinvention; and,
WHEREAS, as we recognize the importance of our food and agriculture industry, we thank farmers for helping provide the food we eat;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2016 as Michigan Food and Agriculture Month in Michigan.