We strongly support individual and cooperative efforts by producers to improve income with processing and marketing methods which add value to farm products while maintaining food safety.
Continuing structural changes in the agricultural processing industry have adversely affected many traditional supply/demand relationships between producers and their buyers. Value-added initiatives allow for opportunities to deal with these changes and keep the agricultural industry profitable.
We support the Michigan State University Product Center, their objectives and ongoing efforts.
Michigan Farm Bureau shall encourage support and, where possible and prudent, coordinate the formation of producer alliances and cooperatives.
We support efforts to maintain and build a strong agricultural processing industry in the State. To achieve this goal, we recommend existing and prospective processors be given more incentives to stay or build in Michigan, including but not limited to industrial facility exemption options, tax breaks and regulatory reform/relief, and ample access to necessary inputs such as investment capital, labor, energy and farm products.
We support increased funding for, and agricultural representation on, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to better serve the needs of agriculture and the food industry. We support Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development authority and/or oversight over the granting of MEDC funds for agricultural development activity.
We encourage the use of grant programs for industry segments that typically find it difficult to secure loans due to being perceived as high risk ventures.
We encourage all government agencies to cooperate with one another to expedite innovative agricultural initiatives.