What role does agriculture play in our economy?
Food and farming are cornerstones of Northwest Michigan’s economy and quality of life. In addition to accounting for millions of dollars in exports of fruit, potatoes, dairy, and Christmas trees, the region’s farms play an important role in tourism. The area’s agricultural economy is also experiencing shifts in its workforce. Significant numbers of farmers are preparing to retire without passing farms on to heirs. Without new farmers to replace retiring farmers, significant acreages of farmland, and valuable skillsets, are endangered.