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Michigan food and agriculture investments continue to increase

The State of Michigan plans to invest $50 million in food and ag economic development projects for 2023.

“It’s substantial, it’s historic.”

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell tells Brownfield lawmakers continue to see food and ag as major areas of growth.

He points to the Food and Agriculture Investment Program as a way to help processors overcome infrastructure and compliance challenges like adequate wastewater systems.

“They really help a smaller processor, or sometimes larger ones, with that additional line or improvement,” he says.

In 2022, the fund was nearly doubled and an additional million will be added in 2023 for future investments.  Since created in 2017, the state has invested more than $7.4 million in the program which has been matched by over a billion dollars in company investment.

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