(AREA) -- Today is Agriculture Day in the State of Michigan. Legislators at the Capital in Lansing are honoring family farms and agri-businesses. The resolution declaring March 20, 2013 as Agriculture Day was introduced by 81st District State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township. Michigan is a national agriculture leader with more than 200 separate commercially produced commodities. The state is the leading producer in 17 of those commodities. Representative Lauwers says it's essential to recognize the importance of the agriculture industry by declaring a special day in honor of family farms and agri-businesses. The state's farmers contribute more than $91 billion in high-quality food, fiber, and floriculture annually to the state's economy, according to the 2012 Michigan State University Product Center Strategic Marketing Institute report. Representative Lauwers serves the 81st House District, covering most of St. Clair County.
Pictured: State Representative Dan Lauwers, middle, talks with Monte Bordner of the Michigan Cattlemen's Association, at left, and Nick Marinich of Brockway during Wednesday's Annual Ag Day event at the state Capitol in Lansing. Marinich is an organic farmer in St. Clair County. More than 30 organizations representing Michigan agricultural products manned booths at the Capitol to discuss the importance of the industry.