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Down On The Farm

Michigan is known for many things, but our state's diverse agriculture scene may surprise many. Michigan’s farmers provide consumers with food on nearly 10 million acres of farmland! Did you know Michigan farmers produce 300 different types of food and agricultural products? Here are 16 things you may not know about Michigan Agriculture: 1. Cherries: Michigan ranks 1st in the nation for tart cherry production, and 4th for sweet cherries.

2. Milk: Michigan ranks 1st in the nation for the production of low fat ice cream mix, but Michigan dairy farmers also contribute to other products such as Hudsonville ice cream, Kraft cheese, Yoplait yogurt, Michigan Made cottage cheese, and Country Fresh sour cream. 3. Beans: Michigan is 1st in the nation for production of dry black beans, cranberry beans, and small red beans and 2nd for production of all dry beans. Bush’s Beans, based in Tennessee, buys beans from Michigan! 4. Potatoes: Michigan is the nation’s leading producer of potatoes in potato chip processing! 5. Grapes: Michigan has over 100 commercial wineries, and ranks 1st in the nation for production of Niagara grapes and 8th for wine grape production. 6. Nursery: Nursery and perennial plants are the 2nd largest agricultural commodity group in Michigan. 7. Eggs: Michigan egg farmers supply all the eggs to McDonald’s restaurants east of the Mississippi River! 8. Blueberries: Michigan is number 1 for production of blueberries for the entire nation and only 600 Michigan family farms do it all! That’s amazing! 9. Cucumbers: Michigan ranks number 1 in the nation for production of cucumbers for pickling, and 4th for fresh market cucumbers. 10. Christmas trees: Michigan supplies 3 million Christmas trees annually to the national market! 11. Apples: Michigan slices more apples than any other state for use in pies. Michigan also processes apples into applesauce, fresh and shelf-stable apple cider, and apple juice, such as Indian Summer juice which is made in Michigan too! 12. Squash: Michigan is 2nd for squash and carrot production. 13. Tomatoes: Michigan is 9th in the nation for production of fresh market tomatoes! 14. Cranberries: Michigan has 280 acres of cranberries and they are harvested every year from September through November. 15. Peaches: Michigan is 8th in the nation for production of fresh market peaches. Look out, Georgia! 16. Plums: Michigan is the 4th largest producer of plums in the nation! Learn more about this important crop in this month’s Down On The Farm!

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