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Friday, 22 March 2013 10:20

Ag Day at the Capitol Puts Michigan Farming in Spotlight

(AREA) -- Michigan agriculture was well represented during the Ag Day at the Capitol celebration held Wednesday, March 20. Representatives from the Michigan Corn Growers Association gathered with more than 30 other commodity groups to stress the importance of agriculture in the Great Lakes State. The ninth annual Ag Day at the Capitol united commodities together to educate state lawmakers on how agriculture contributes more than $91 billion to Michigan's economy and supports more than 920,000 jobs. Currently, agriculture is Michigan's second-leading industry and 15 percent of jobs in Michigan are agriculture-related. Corn alone adds nearly $2.3 billion to Michigan's economy annually while Michigan's corn ethanol industry adds nearly $233 million. Along with providing an opportunity for legislators to learn about agriculture, a highlight of this year's event was the attendance of Governor Rick Snyder. Governor Snyder took time out of his busy schedule to walk the halls of the Capitol and talk with representatives of each commodity group.

PICTURED: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder stopped by the Michigan Corn Growers Association booth to talk about the corn industry with Jim Zook, MCGA Executive Director (left), and Scott Lonier, MCGA President, during Ag Day at the Capitol on Wednesday.