State committee approves $6 million in agricultural investments


FILE – In this Friday, June 15, 2018 file photo, winter wheat is harvested in a field farmed by Dalton and Carson North near McCracken, Kan. The latest Census of Agriculture shows the number of U.S. farms and ranches has fallen but the remaining operations are larger and are responsible for a higher percentage of […]

Michigan’s House Appropriations Committee approves a budget plan to continue investing in agricultural innovation.

House Bill 4229 makes key investments in the states second-largest industry.

The plan includes a $5 million investment in the Food & Agriculture Investment Grant program that supports food and agriculture expansion projects.

The proposal also has a $1 million investment in Michigan’s Double-up Food Bucks program that helps expand Michigan families’ access to fresh foods.

Advocates of the bill say it does not raise taxes or fees. The proposal spends $3.6 million less in general revenue dollars than requested by the governor.

House Bill 4229 now moves on to the full House for consideration.

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