Greetings to all our Mitten-dwelling FFA members, advisors and friends! Today is the start of their annual state FFA convention.
Did you know?
- Agriculture is Michigan’s second largest industry, adding $6.7 billion to the state’s overall output. It supports one million domestic jobs and is one of America’s top exporters, ranking 20th in the nation in 2009.
- Corn and soybeans each play a vital role in Michigan’s economy—corn generated $1.1 billion and soybeans generated $750 million in 2009.
- Michigan leads the nation in the production of tart cherries, growing 266 million pounds or 74% of the U.S. total in 2009.
- Michigan also ranks first nationally for the production of pickling cucumbers, geraniums, petunias, squash, and vegetable-type bedding plants.
- Michigan ranks 3rd in the nation in apple production, with 1.1 billion pounds produced in 2009.
- Michigan ranks 2nd nationally in bean, carrot, celery, and plum production, and is 3rd in asparagus production.
- Over 833,150 tons of fresh market and processing vegetables were grown in Michigan in 2008.
- The state ranks 8th nationally in fresh market vegetable production and 5th nationally in processed vegetable production.
- About 355,000 dairy cows produced almost 940 million gallons of milk in 2009. Michigan ranks 8th in the nation in milk production.
- Michigan’s hog production totaled 607 million pounds in 2009.(Source: Farm Policy Facts.)