GreenStone Farm Credit Services
GreenStone Farm Credit Services, based in East Lansing, Michigan, is Michigan and northeast Wisconsin’s largest agricultural lender and the country’s seventh largest association in the Farm Credit System. A member-owned cooperative, GreenStone owns and manages approximately $8 billion in assets and serves 24,000 members with 36 branch locations in Michigan and northeast Wisconsin.
GreenStone provides financial services to the agricultural industry – including short, intermediate and long-term loans, equipment and building leases, life insurance, crop insurance, accounting, tax, and appraisal services.
GreenStone also specializes in country home loans and provides lending products for the purchase, improvement, construction or refinance of residences along with financing future home sites and recreational land.
GreenStone traces its roots back to 1917, when it approved its first farm mortgage loan one year after the U.S. Congress created the Farm Credit System. With an advancing agricultural industry and a growing rural community, GreenStone’s size and financial strength allow it to dependably provide Michigan and Wisconsin agriculture with the sophisticated products and services demanded by today’s marketplace.
GreenStone is led by President and CEO, Dave Armstrong. Among other committees, he was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee for a term that began January 1, 2011.
For more information, please contact: Dave Armstrong, President and CEO, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (517) 318-4105.
Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc.
That bag of potato chips in your pantry most likely came from a Michigan farm.
Every year, Michigan grows nearly $165 million worth of potatoes, making Michigan the 7th largest potato state in the nation. And Michigan is No. 1 when it comes to growing the special spuds for America’s No. 1 snack, potato chips. Michigan has become a national leader at growing Snowden, Pike, Atlantic and Frito Lay potato varieties. Three-quarters of Michigan’s potato crop is grown for potato chips.
Here are some facts about Michigan’s potato industry:
- Michigan has around 90 potato growers, largely family owned.
- Michigan potatoes are grown on around 43,000 acres of land.
- The estimated farm-gate – or economic farm gate value of Michigan potatoes is more than $165 million annually.
- Michigan is the nation’s largest potato chip producer.
- The average American consumes 132 pounds of potatoes per year – 82 of those in the form of chips, frozen and other potato products.
The potato industry is the largest employer in Montcalm County. Potato growers are also spearheading innovations in food processing.
Michigan grown table-stock potatoes are marketed throughout the Midwest. Distribution of Michigan grown potatoes includes major grocery chains like Meijer, Spartan and Kroger. The production of potatoes grown for fresh market sales has increased as the supply chain shifts to more sourcing locally. The opportunity to continue to increase Michigan potato production continues to be a key goal of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission created in 1970 is a non-political organization representing potato growers in Michigan to help foster and promote an economically strong potato industry. Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. was created in 1991 to represent their members in legislative, regulatory and environmental matters.
For more information about Michigan potatoes and the farms that grow them, please contact: Mike Wenkel by phone at (517)-253-7370.
Michigan Milk Producers Association
Next time you enjoy an ice cream treat, spread butter on toast or drink a cold glass of milk, you can thank a Michigan dairy farmer for supplying a wholesome and nutritious product.
Dairy products are Michigan’s No. 1 agriculture commodity contributing nearly $6 billion to Michigan’s economy. Today, Michigan is the nation’s 8th largest dairy state. It is also one of the most efficient, ranking sixth nationally in milk production per cow.
Here are some facts about Michigan’s dairy industry:
- In 2010, Michigan’s dairy industry contributed over 20 percent of the total cash receipts in Michigan’s agriculture industry.
- Michigan’s total dairy farm receipts averaged over $1.2 billion a year, from 2006 to 2010.
- Michigan dairy farms produced over 8.4 billion pounds of milk in 2011.
- There are approximately 26,500 jobs generated by Michigan’s dairy industry.
- Michigan’s dairy industry is growing in both milk production and processing capacity. In the past ten years, milk production in Michigan has increased by over 40%.
The Michigan Milk Producers Association is a dairy farmer owned and controlled cooperative. Created in 1916, the MMPA serves approximately 2,100 dairy farmers in Michigan, and the surrounding area. MMPA provides a wide range of on-farm services to its dairy farmer members to assist them in producing the highest quality milk possible.
MMPA operates two Michigan manufacturing plants in Ovid and Constantine. Products made at MMPA’s plants include butter, nonfat dry milk, cream and condensed skim milk. MMPA sells its products as dairy ingredients to food manufacturers who make infant formulas, candy, ice cream, pudding, baked goods, cheese and yogurt.
In addition to dairy ingredients, MMPA supplies over 1.2 billion pounds of milk annually to local bottlers to fill the milk jugs found on the shelves of our grocery stores. Having a robust Michigan dairy industry means we have a consistent and ample supply of fresh milk from local farms throughout the year.
MMPA’s recent investments include a $62-million expansion at the Ovid Manufacturing Plant, which has the capacity to process 60 percent more milk than just a year ago. According to a study completed by the MSU Product Center, the Ovid expansion project could have an economic impact of over $183 million to the state of Michigan.
MMPA also has a milk supply arrangement with Leprino Foods, Inc., headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Their Michigan plants, located in Allendale and Remus, produce mozzarella cheese for the pizza and the food service industry.
For more information about Michigan dairy farms, please contact: Ken Nobis
, president, Michigan Milk Producers Association
, at email@example.com
or by phone at 248-474-6672.
Michigan Pork Producers Association
Michigan is home to a robust pork sector, with more than 2,100 pork producers in operation in the state today. In keeping with the fact that more than 90 percent of Michigan agriculture is made up of family farms and businesses, Michigan’s pork producers are also largely family owned enterprises.
The pork industry is a major contributor to Michigan’s agricultural economy, generating more than $250 million annually in sales and supporting more than $500 million of gross state product in activities created by the industry. Michigan’s pork producers market over 2 million hogs per year and, according to an Iowa State University Study, create 5,300 pork-related jobs for the state, many the result of pork exports.
About 25 percent of the hogs raised in Michigan and the United States are currently being exported in the form of fresh and processed pork products. According to the ISU study, an additional 700 jobs and $30 million of personal income are generated from exports of Michigan-grown pork.
In addition to its economic impact, Michigan pork producers also raise more than $15 million in state and local taxes every year.
Growing in popularity, pork is a very lean meat, with eight cuts of pork containing fewer than 200 calories per serving. To keep pace with its popularity, Michigan pork producers proactively participate in the Pork Quality Assurance Program to improve food safety.
Today, Michigan pork producers raise pigs indoors to keep their pigs warm during frigid winters and cool in the summers.
Based in East Lansing, the Michigan Pork Producers Association provides a resource for pork producers in the state with every aspect of the pork industry, helping them increase production, compete in today’s economy and protect and create local jobs and opportunities.
For more information about Michigan pork, contact Sam Hines, executive vice president of the Michigan Pork Producers Association
, at (517) 853-3782 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Agri-Business Association
The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) is a leading voice and advocate for agriculture at the state and federal levels. The organization focuses on policy, regulation and legislation as it impacts agri-business, agricultural production and processing. MABA is also a strong advocate for further growth and expansion in the industry, and is a trusted voice for information.
- The Michigan Agri-Business Association represents more than 400 businesses involved in agriculture.
- Michigan Agri-Businesses and the agricultural industry generate more than $71.3 billion in economic activity and are responsible for more than 1 million jobs in Michigan.
- MABA and its members are leaders in embracing modern agricultural technology, including the best and latest science, with the highest food safety standards.
- MABA also provides cutting-edge education, training and information for all its members.
MABA’s diverse membership includes companies in the grain, fertilizer, crop protection, feed, transportation, milling and agricultural retail sectors. MABA members also include companies that process and sell food and food products, supply goods and provide services to every part of the agricultural industry. MABA members also include leaders in the new energy economy, from producing renewable fuels to investing in renewable energy systems.
With roots dating to 1903, MABA and its members have long been recognized as being among the most forward-looking agricultural organizations in the nation.
MABA’s members play a leadership role in producing safe, abundant and affordable food to feed the world. In the process, Michigan agriculture is growing; creating local jobs and driving our economy forward.
MABA President Jim Byrum has a lifelong commitment to agriculture, and has served in both the public and private sectors of the agriculture industry at the state and federal levels. His experiences include working in two federal administrations, managing a major commodity organization and serving on the Michigan Commission of Agriculture, Renewable Fuels Commission, Food Policy Council and Climate Action Council. At the national level, he has also served on the Board of Directors of The Fertilizer Institute, Agricultural Retailers of America and many other organizations.
For more information, contact Jim Byrum at (517) 336-0223, or by e-mail at email@example.com
Michigan Corn Growers Association
The Michigan Corn Growers Association (MCGA), a grassroots-membership organization, has a long and rich history. Using their affiliation with the National Corn Growers Association, a small group of farmers decided to organize an association in Michigan to promote their projects and hold educational meetings. Through their diligent efforts, MCGA was officially launched in 1972 and now has nearly 900 members and six county chapters. Efforts to improve the profitability of corn include marketing seminars, educational meetings, research plots, political action and tradeshows. Today, the MCGA focuses on policy work both in Lansing and in Washington D.C. that will enhance the economic viability of corn
farmers through fair and just regulations, trade agreements and legislation.
For more information, contact Jim Zook, executive director of the Michigan Corn Grower's Association at (517) 668-2676.
Michigan Soybean Association
Soy can be found in a broad range of products, from healthy foods, biodiesel fuels and animal feed, to unexpected applications like skateboard wheels, candles and clothing. Soy products are all around us, and they play a significant role in Michigan’s economy.
Soybeans are an important part of Michigan’s agricultural sector. Each year, Michigan farmers plant nearly 2 million acres of soybeans. This yields an economic impact of approximately $1.25 billion annually. When you include the impact of soy animal feed on the dairy, beef, hog and poultry industries, that number comes to nearly $1.5 billion.
Michigan is the 12th largest exporter of soybeans in the world, and soybean products are Michigan’s No. 1 agricultural export. The value of exports for Michigan soybeans and soybean products is on the rise, more than doubling since 2000.
Soybean farming also provides jobs for Michigan. According to the Michigan Agricultural Statistics Service, the Michigan soybean industry supports 6,942 jobs.
The Michigan Soybean Association is committed to voicing the needs and concerns of Michigan’s soybean industry. MSA strives to develop leaders who will provide highly effective representation for Michigan’s soybean farmers before all governmental agencies and the general public.
For more information, contact Gail Frahm, executive director of the Michigan Soybean Association at (989) 652-3294.