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Senator Stabenow announces over $4 million for Michigan fruit and vegetable growers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that Michigan will receive over $4 million in federal funding to support Michigan specialty crop growers who produce fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, hops, nursery plants, and flowers.

“Michigan leads the nation in the production of many fruits and vegetables and is second in diversity of our crops only to California.  Our fruits, vegetables, and nursery crops are not only a source of great pride – they are critical to our state’s economy,” said Senator Stabenow. “This new support is a big win for Michigan agriculture. It will help our farmers keep their competitive edge and continue to provide healthy fruits and vegetables to American families.”

"The programs supported by these federal grants help strengthen local and statewide distribution channels, giving Michigan’s specialty crop farmers access to more markets supporting the Governor’s New Michigan Economy plan,” said Gary McDowell, Director of Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “The grants focus on marketing, training, certifications, food safety, pest control, and plant health for specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, plants, and/or flowers. Additionally, this funding enhances the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crops.”

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