Development and negotiations are underway for the 2018 Farm Bill. Michigan Farm Bureau staff continues to work with the state's nine-member Farm Bill Task Force to understand what has been working well within the current farm bill programs and what challenges and growth opportunities exist in development of the 2018 Farm Bill.
Recent noteworthy activities:
Contact: John Kran, (517) 679-5336
Michigan boasts 51,400 farms that cover 9.9 million acres. In 2014, sales of farm and ranch products contributed $8,904,126 to the state’s economy.
The farm bill touches everyone in Michigan. It is targeted to farmers, used to support infrastructure and economic development in rural communities, incentivizes maintenance of good conservation practices and helps provide access to food for those less fortunate and breakfasts and lunches for school children.
From 2009 to 2015, USDA invested more than $4.2 billion in Michigan for programs that provide access to credit, support a strong farm safety net, and promote new markets for farm and ranch products.
In 2016, Michigan farmers received:
In 2016, Michigan received $122 million in farm loans including:
From 2009 to 2015, USDA invested $547 million to conserve and protect Michigan's land, water and air resources.
In 2015, Michigan received conservation assistance including:
The Farm Bill helps fund a portion of the crop insurance programs purchased by farmers to provide a safety net for times of price and weather disasters.
In 2015, 68% of all eligible acres were insured under the crop insurance program. In Michigan, this included:
The Farm Bill provides authority for several ad hoc disaster assistance programs to help producers suffering from maladies such as droughts, floods, freezes, fires and tornadoes.
In 2016, Michigan received $5.1 million in supplemental and ad hoc disaster assistance including:
In 2015, exports of farm and ranch products contributed $2.8 billion to the Michigan economy.
Michigan received $10.7 million from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to use on 184 projects to increase competitiveness and profitability of producers from 2008 to 2015.
From 2009 to 2015, USDA invested $5.8 billion to support affordable housing, create jobs and promote economic opportunity for those who live, work and raise their families in rural Michigan.
These development programs include assistance for expanding and improving broadband and telecommunications, water and wastewater, electricity and construction of community facilities like fire stations and libraries. From 2009 to 2015, USDA invested $1.5 billion in infrastructure development.