Under the latest funding proposal introduced, $1.4 billion would be appropriated to improve Michigan’s food security and invest in rural communities. The legislation, introduced by Senator Roger Victory (R-Georgetown Twp.), would make a number of large investments:
- $350 million for food distribution security and stability grants
- $144 million for bovine TB mitigation at beef and dairy operations
- $75 million to support the stability and expansion of the state’s agriculture supply chain businesses
- $45 million to help operate and expand farmer markets
- $15 million to help local food banks purchase fresh produce, dairy products, and meat and seafood products
Appropriations to invest in rural development would include:
- $350 million to support agriculturally beneficial infrastructure projects
- $100 million to help communities’ complete full-scale installation of broadband
- $50 million to assist agriculture operations to meet Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program certifications
- $26 million to partially offset lost revenue from 2020 COVID-19 shutdowns for the U.P. State Fair and local fairgrounds across the state
The bill was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.
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