WHEREAS, apples are one of the largest and most valuable fruit crops in Michigan; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan apple growers will harvest an estimated 31 million bushels in 2016; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan is the third-largest apple producing state in the nation; and,
WHEREAS, there are more than 11.3 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 35,500 acres on 825 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;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2016 as Michigan Apple Month.