ALM Responds to Gov. Whitmer's State of the State Address

The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan issued the following statement applauding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for making infrastructure improvements an emphasis of her first State of the State address. Michigan’s agriculture industry depends on sound infrastructure, like rail, roads and bridges, to ensure the safe, efficient movement of agricultural inputs and production.

“Critical infrastructure, like rail, roads and bridges, and water, utilities, broadband and even waste water treatment are essential to Michigan’s agriculture industry. We applaud Gov. Whitmer for putting infrastructure at the top of her administration’s priority list for 2019 and beyond. A thriving agriculture industry depends on up-to-date infrastructure, and we look forward to working with the Governor, state agencies and key stakeholders to fix our roads and improve every facet of Michigan’s aging infrastructure.”

The statement was signed by:

  • Dave Armstrong, president and CEO, GreenStone Farm Credit Services

  • Jim Byrum, president, Michigan Agri-Business Association

  • Kathy Maurer, financial & international marketing director, Michigan Soybean Association

  • Mary Kelpinski, CEO, Michigan Pork Producers Association

  • Ken Nobis, president, Michigan Milk Producers Association