Michigan farmers feed the world
Michigan agriculture producers supply a critical and diverse commodity to the nation and the rest of the world.
Michigan farmers feed the world. They raise animals and crops that provide safe, healthy and affordable food to consumers in Michigan, across the United States, and even around the world!
According to Michigan Farmers Care:
- Michigan is second only to California in crop diversity.
- More than 330 different kinds of farm products are produced in Michigan.
- For almost 50 of those commodities, Michigan ranks in the national top-10 in production.
- Michigan is the number one producer nationally of blueberries, tart cherries, Niagara grapes, Easter lilies, squash, cucumbers for pickles, several varieties of dry beans and many types of plants such as geraniums, petunias, impatiens and more!
- Michigan ranks number two nationally in the production of carrots, celery, dry beans and many bedding plants.
- Michigan ranks number three nationally in the production of apples, asparagus, snap beans, Christmas trees and fresh cucumbers.
Agriculture is Michigan’s second-largest industry and plays a vital role in our economy, generating $91.4 billion annually. There are 56,014 farms in Michigan, spread over about 10 million acres; the average size is about 180 acres. Farming is unique in that it’s both a business and a way of life. Did you know that 95 percent of Michigan farms are family owned? Of the few that are corporations, 99 percent are family-owned and involve multiple generations.
When you go to the grocery store or local market, think about buying foods that are produced locally. Locally grown foods not only are tasty and healthy but are affordable, too. So, the next time you enjoy a hamburger, piece of cheese or corn on the cob, think about the thousands of Michigan families working hard to put safe, healthy, locally grown food on your plate.