LANSING – Calling Sen. Mike Green a champion for farmers and agri-businesses, key agriculture groups this week announced their endorsement of Green for re-election to represent Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties in the Michigan Senate.
Endorsements of Green were announced over the past week by the Michigan Agri-Business Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association and Michigan Pork Producers Association membership political committees. Green’s leadership and legislative record on agriculture issues were cited as warranting their support.
“Senator Green understands the tremendous economic power of agriculture and its capacity to support good jobs in every corner of the state – and he works harder than anyone to do right by agriculture…,” said Jim Byrum, president of MABA.
“Senator Green has shown relentless support of agriculture and the dairy industry,” said MMPAC Chairman and dairy farmer Ken Nobis. “It is essential for us to have people like Sen. Green in place to make sound decisions that help enhance the stability of our industry.”
“Sen. Green truly is a champion for Michigan agriculture producers,” said Sam Hines, Executive Vice President of the Michigan Pork Producers Association. “He has a clear record of tackling tough issues important to farmers in his district and throughout the entire state.”
A former farmer, Green has served in the Michigan Senate since 2011. He has led successful legislative efforts to include agriculture processing in the state’s economic development focus, reform the state’s wetland regulation program to keep it independent of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and reduce the tax burden on agriculture and business.
As Senate agriculture budget chairman, Green has worked to open new export markets for Michigan commodities and improve the state’s agriculture inspection programs to get those products to market faster. He is also leading efforts to strengthen rail and water shipping options, a move that will reduce wear and tear on Michigan roads and highways.