LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, on Tuesday joined other lawmakers and key stakeholders in the agriculture industry at Michigan State University to discuss difficulties the industry has faced during this challenging growing season.
“The agriculture industry is one of Michigan’s largest and most important industries,” said Daley, who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture. “Michigan farmers suffered tremendous losses this season, losses that have far-reaching effects on numerous industries. Today’s hearing gave folks a chance to discuss available resources, along with potential short-and long-term solutions to this season’s difficult conditions.”
The joint hearing developed out of concern for Michigan’s farmers due to the wet spring, a widespread inability to plant crops, and other factors making agricultural operations difficult.
Michigan’s farmers faced a record rainfall this spring, which dramatically hindered planting. Of the more than 4.5 million acres of corn and soy planted in 2018, approximately 17% were unable to be planted this year.
The industry has also faced global economic pressures and financial stress.
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Photo caption: State Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, listens to speakers at Tuesday’s special joint agriculture committee meeting at Michigan State University. The hearing gave farmers, lawmakers and other key stakeholders an opportunity to discuss this year’s difficult farming season and other issues facing Michigan’s agriculture industry.