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Gov. Snyder talks agriculture in Mid-Michigan

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(04/15/14) - Gov. Snyder was talking agriculture in Mid-Michigan, Tuesday.

He made a campaign stop at a sugar beet farm in Gratiot County.

The Michigan Farm Bureau's Political Action Committee, also known as Agri-Pac, is endorsing Gov. Snyder for re-election. They invited him to a farm in Wheeler to talk about the future of the industry.

Gov. Snyder put a big emphasis on exporting Michigan crops. He says we should focus on shipping our farmed goods all over the world.

Gov. Snyder took the stage in a barn on the 1000 acre Crumbaugh Farm in Wheeler, Tuesday afternoon. Agri-Pac doesn't usually endorse a candidate until September, but they decided on Gov. Snyder early.

"We've seen a tremendous increase in agriculture output and we should see that continue," Snyder said.

In fact, agriculture outputs grew 16 percent. Gov. Snyder says he wants to continue that growth.

"I think Michigan sugar is a great illustration of taking sugar beets and doing value added processing that creates lots of jobs," he said.

Clay Crumbaugh is a third generation farmer. He's happy with what Snyder has done of the industry so far, and hopes he can continue.

"To see some of those silly regulations put to rest is a blessing for agriculture, business and the state of Michigan and our economy," he said.

Agri-Pac says food and agriculture are a $96 billion industry, accounting for about 22 percent of the Michigan workforce.

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