|You can just barely see our little red flag in the photo!|
|MSU: Home of Ag Expo
& the Spartans!
Across the Expo grounds this year, you can meet with more than 200 exhibitors to learn about products and services that help Michigan agricultural producers continue to succeed. It’s your opportunity to check out the latest models of tractors, sprayers and dairy equipment or compare seed and fertilizer varieties. You can enjoy the full schedule of demonstrations and educational sessions to help you manage your farms and businesses. Demonstrations focus on tillage, mortality composting, sprayer calibration, equine management and biodiesel processing.
- In Michigan, 923,000 people are in jobs related to agriculture, and 618,000– about 22% of the state’s workforce–are directly employed by the industry.
- The agriculture industry has seen a growth of $20 billion since 2009.
- Field crops account for almost $6 billion in economic activity in the state, with livestock and dairy accounting for another $4.75 billion.
- Corn is Michigan’s largest single crop with sales around $1.3 billion.
- Michigan’s farms account for $13 billion in economic activity.
- Fruit production and related industries account for $758.4 million in economic activity in Michigan.
- Michigan is the largest producer of blueberries and cherries in the U.S.
- The state has 300 agricultural commodities, second only to California.
- Michigan is home to the third largest number of farmers markets.
- Michigan has 54,900 farms and 10 million acres of farmland.
- Food processing creates 130,000 jobs and $25 billion in economic activity in the state, good for 19th in the nation.
- There are nearly 1900 licensed food processors in Michigan.