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July 2022: Michigan Wheat Month

WHEREAS, wheat production is a $281 million annual industry in the State of Michigan, producing about 45 million bushels of red and white winter wheat on over 550,000 acres and with wheat being grown on nearly 8,000 farms on both peninsulas and in at least 78 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), soups, 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 and all of the millers, food companies, and businesses that utilize the bountiful wheat crop, as they support and collaborate with the 8,000 wheat farmers in Michigan;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2022 as Wheat Month in Michigan.