Facts About Michigan Agriculture

  • The food and agriculture industry contributes $101.2 billion annually to the state’s economy.
  • Michigan's food and agriculture system is a large portion of this state’s workforce. Total employment resulting from this sector is 923,000 which accounts for about 22 percent of the state’s employment.
  • Michigan produces over 300 commodities on a commercial basis including tart cherries, blueberries, dry beans, floriculture products, and cucumbers for pickles.
  • Michigan farms and the commodities they produce account for $13 billion of the overall total.
  • Field crops have the greatest economic impact at $5.72 billion, followed by livestock including dairy with an economic impact of $4.73 billion. The total economic impact of nursery and landscape production is $1.20 billion.
  • The economic impact of the fruit and vegetable production is $758 million and $673 million respectively.
  • In 2015, Michigan exported $2.8 billion in food and agricultural products. Michigan’s top export markets are Canada, Japan, China, Thailand, and Mexico.
  • Michigan's top agricultural exports are processed food products, soybeans & soybean meal, dairy products, feed & feed grains, and fresh & processed vegetables.
  • There are about 10 million acres of farmland in Michigan and the state is home to 52,194 farms.
  • The majority of principal operators of Michigan farms are male; however, 7,406 Michigan farms list themselves as having female principal operators.
  • Exports help boost farm prices and income, while also supporting over 22,600 Michigan jobs both on and off the farm in food processing, storage, and transportation.
  • Every $1 in export activity generates another $2.93 in economic activity, meaning Michigan’s total agriculture exports of $2.8 billion have a local impact of an additional $8.2 billion.