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A representative from the Michigan Department of Agriculture gets to work

The Michigan Farm Bureau policy was created a year in advance at Grand Rapids.

Andy Hagenow, chairman of policy development at the Michigan Department of Agriculture, said Brownfield delegations began jumping into policy through district meetings last month and will be able to participate through face-to-face and virtual voting this week.

“It will go as the representative wants. That’s the best part of this process,” he says. “People in downtown Lansing know that they will be talking to them about the issues we are talking about for the entire farmer’s organization.”

Climate policy is being reviewed to better align with rapidly developing opportunities and to represent the needs of farmers. Hageneau states that as utilities continue to expand their commitment to renewable energy, delegations are also prioritizing energy policy to discuss land use.

“There is still a lot of debate about solar and wind power plants and their related contracts, so we wanted to emphasize that,” he explains.

Other state policy priorities include encouraging Michigan State University research farms to be financially responsible as a farm business, and expanding meat processing in the state.

Hageneau has been working since 2000 and will retire this year.



A representative from the Michigan Department of Agriculture gets to work

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