Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her inaugural State of the State address Tuesday night with no mention of farming or agriculture but addressing—to an extent—long-time challenges core to the state’s food and agriculture system: infrastructure and skilled trades.
“We appreciate Governor Whitmer calling for efforts to fix our failing infrastructure and the need to close the skilled trades gap,” said Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski. “However, our positions are derived from our member-developed policies—which is why before we can support or oppose anything we need to see specific details on her plans to address these issues, either within her executive budget recommendations or separate legislative proposals.”
He added that policy positions aren’t taken lightly because county Farm Bureau members across the state spend countless hours, days and weeks carefully crafting the policy the organization advocates for in Lansing and Washington D.C.
“Whether it’s our policy on transportation, education, the department of agriculture or others, our members provide specifics,” Bednarski said. “And we’re looking for the same from the governor, so we can be at the table with the administration and our legislative partners to develop and implement solutions.