July 2017: Wheat Month
WHEREAS, wheat production is a $388 million annual industry in the State of Michigan, producing about 39 million bushels of wheat annually on just over 500,000 acres. Wheat is grown on nearly 8,000 farms on both peninsulas and in at least 50 counties; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan-grown soft winter red and white wheat have a bright future as an ingredient in many food products including breakfast cereal and pastries, cakes and baking mixes, cookies, pretzels, pies, wheat berries (kernels) and crackers and is a preferred ingredient by many commercial food manufacturers; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Wheat Program in celebrating the importance of Michigan’s wheat farmers. We commend the Michigan State Millers Association and all of its members for their support and collaboration with the 8,000 wheat farmers in Michigan;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2017 as Wheat Month in Michigan.