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Facts About Michigan Agriculture

The food and agriculture industry contributes $101.2 billion annually to the state’s economy.
  • Michigan’s food and agriculture system is a large portion of this state’s workforce. Total employment resulting from this sector is 923,000 which accounts for about 22 percent of the state’s employment.
  • Michigan produces over 300 commodities on a commercial basis including tart cherries, blueberries, dry beans, floriculture products, and cucumbers for pickles.
  • Michigan farms and the commodities they produce account for $13 billion of the overall total.
  • Field crops have the greatest economic impact at $5.72 billion, followed by livestock including dairy with an economic impact of $4.73 billion. The total economic impact of nursery and landscape production is $1.20 billion.
  • The economic impact of the fruit and vegetable production is $758 million and $673 million respectively.
  • In 2012, Michigan exported nearly $3.2 billion of agricultural products to Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, China, and more.
  • Soybean and soybean meal were Michigan’s largest export commodity in 2012 and valued at $802 million.
  • There are about 10 million acres of farmland in Michigan and the state is home to 52,194 farms.
  • The majority of principal operators of Michigan farms are male, however, 7,406 Michigan farms list themselves ashaving female principal operators.