On Tuesday, August 13, the Michigan House and Senate Agriculture Committees met in a joint hearing at Michigan State University to hear testimony from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan State University, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, the Michigan Farm Bureau, and the Michigan Agri-Business Association. Testimony rotated around the importance of the availability and fulfillment of the USDA Disaster Assistance Program, crop insurance, and the Greenstone low interest loan program.
Michigan farmers also testified, and told their stories on the widespread impact that the especially bad weather this spring and summer will have on local farmers, local ecosystems, and Michigan economies. Michigan ecosystems will be hurt by erosion, and by soil runoff contaminating other soils and waterways, and eventually the Great Lakes. The economic impacts will be felt not just in, Michigan but other states, and the ripple effect will affect the dairy, meat, trucking, train, fuel, cheese, cereal, and machine industries.
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