FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 16, 2014   
Agricultural Leaders applaud Gov. Snyder for focus on infrastructure, agriculture
LANSING – The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan applauded Governor Rick Snyder for his focus on improving Michigan’s roads and infrastructure in his “State of the State” address tonight.

During tonight’s speech, Gov. Snyder renewed his call to repair and maintain Michigan’s aging roads and reiterated his support for strengthening Michigan’s transportation infrastructure.

“Agriculture is one of Michigan’s ‘Big Three’ industries, according to Governor Snyder, and it’s a major driver of Michigan’s economy,” said Gail Frahm, executive director of the Michigan Soybean Association. “The agriculture sector and all of Michigan’s industries depend on reliable transportation infrastructure. Investing in Michigan’s roads, bridges, rail and water transportation is critical if we want our agriculture sector to continue growing and creating jobs. We applaud Governor Snyder for his continued commitment to strengthening Michigan’s economy.”

Gov. Snyder highlighted the strength and success of Michigan’s agriculture industry which grew from a $91 billion industry in 2010 to a $96 billion industry in 2013 and is on track to reach $100 billion. According to Gov. Snyder, agriculture exports are up by 16 percent.