March 17, 2011 as Michigan Agriculture DayDate: March 17, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, contributing $71.3 billion to our state's economy each year, agriculture plays a key role in the growth and reinvention of Michigan's economy; between 2006 and 2007, Michigan's agricultural economy increased at a rate of more than five times faster than the rate of the general economy; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan's agriculture industry and related businesses employ approximately one million people; our great state is home to a diverse network of family farmers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and consumers that make it a priority to provide safe and nutritious food to millions in our state and country; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we celebrate Michigan's rich and abundant agriculture industry and we thank those who maintain and support it; let us recognize agriculture as a cornerstone for Michigan's economic progress;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 17, 2011 as Michigan Agriculture Day.