WaterWater issues play a critical role in agricultural operations from irrigating crops to transporting goods via shipping. ALM is committed to addressing water issues affecting agriculture, including:
- Reforming ballast water regulations to reflect modern technology, so that Michigan's ports can be used for importing and exporting agricultural commodities
- Addressing water depth issues in our ports so that they are accessible to large ships
- Streamlining water withdrawal regulations to make it easier for farmers to use water for irrigation
Attendees at "Increasing Michigan's Exports...and Imports!" listen to a presentation about Michigan's ballast water regulations.
Water Transportation Symposium
On June 28, 2012, ALM hosted a day-long symposium on these issues. We have uploaded the PowerPoint presentations from the event.
- The Importance of Import/Export to Michigan: Gordon Wenk, Chief Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
- Intermodal/Rail/Truck/Water: Tim Hoeffner, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, Office of Rail
- The Economic Role of Great Lakes Shipping: Steve Fisher, Executive Director of the American Great Lakes Ports Association
- Homeland Security Issues: John Nowak, Assistant Port Director, tactical, U.S. Customs & Border
- Michigan's Ballast Water Regulations: Sarah LeSage, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
- Business Development Opportunities for Transportation: Peter C. Anastor, Director of Policy at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
- Next Steps: Jim Byrum, President of the Michigan Agri-Business Association