Supply chain issues and employee shortages are hitting many industries onerous, together with farming and milling.
The director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited Star of the West Milling Company in Frankenmuth to assist address a few of these issues.
“We’re a powerhouse when it comes to ag. People consider Michigan as vehicles, manufacturing. But final 12 months there was a $104.7 billion that meals and ag contributed to Michigan’s financial system. 8500 individuals employed, and Michigan has a lot range, over 300 crops,” mentioned Gary McDowell.
As it seems, the milling industry is just not immune to provide chain issues both.
“Been listening to meals, provide chain issues, workforce issues. So, that is our, proper now now we have a as soon as in a lifetime alternative with popping out of a century’s worst pandemic to truly remodel Michigan’s financial system, transferring ahead to a Michigan’s new financial system,” McDowell mentioned.
McDowell and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer introduced the workplace of rural growth earlier this 12 months to assist that group rebound.
“During the pandemic the agricultural a part of the state actually fell behind. This has been happening for years and years and we’re gonna have this workplace now that is gonna focus solely on the agricultural a part of the state,” McDowell mentioned.
Mcdowell mentioned he’ll take what he is discovered at the moment, and from different excursions, again to Gov. Whitmer to develop a plan to assist rural communities recuperate from the pandemic.
“We’re gonna see what we want to do to proceed to develop Michigan’s financial system. Ag’s gonna be an enormous a part of that. Become a extra simply, affluent state,” McDowell mentioned.