Michigan Ag Facts

Be proud of Michigan agriculture.

Did you know Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation, or that agriculture is one of our state’s leading industries?

Check out these Michigan agriculture facts below to learn of the economic impact and variety of Michigan food and agriculture.

MICHIGAN AGRICULTURE FACTS

There are more than 50,000 farms in Michigan averaging 195 acres

Michigan farmers produce more than 300 agricultural products, making our state one of the most agriculturally diverse states in the nation

Michigan food and agriculture contributes more than $101 billion to the state’s economy.

Michigan Agriculture employs 932,000 people – 22 percent of the state’s workforce.

In 2015, Michigan led the nation in value of sales for 14 floriculture crop segments:

  • Flats of begonias, seed geraniums, impatiens and petunias
  • Hanging baskets of begonias, vegetative geraniums, impatiens, and petunias and other bedding plants
  • Potted seed geraniums, petunias, Hostas and Easter lilies
  • Transplants of herbaceous perennials

MICHIGAN RANKS SECOND IN THE NATION FOR:

  • All dry beans
  • Dry navy beans
  • Celery

MICHIGAN RANKS FIFTH IN THE NATION FOR:

  • Milk
  • Tomatoes for processing

MICHIGAN RANKS EIGTH IN THE NATION FOR:

  • Cabbage
  • Honey
  • Peaches

Michigan growers also produced the second-most valuable crop in 8 market segments:

  • Flats of New Guinea impatiens and marigolds
  • Hanging baskets of New Guinea impatiens
  • Potted vegetative geranium, other bedding plants, garden mums and flowering bulbs
  • Transplants of annual bedding/garden plants

Michigan ranks third in the nation for:

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Dry light red kidney beans
  • Farmers markets
  • Snap beans for processing

MICHIGAN RANKS SIXTH IN THE NATION FOR:

  • Pumkins

MICHIGAN RANKS NINTH IN THE NATION FOR:

  • Corn for silage
  • Goats for milk

MICHIGAN RANKS FIRST IN THE NATION FOR:

  • Cucumbers
  • Dry black beans, dry cranberry beans and dry small red beans
  • Niagra grapes and tart cherries
  • Squash and asparagus

Michigan ranks fourth in the nation for:

  • Alfalfa haylage and greenchop
  • Sweet cherries
  • Carrots
  • Concord grapes
  • Sugarbeets

MICHIGAN RANKS SEVENTH IN THE NATION FOR:

  • Bell peppers
  • Egg production
  • Maple syrup
  • Potatoes

MICHIGAN RANKS TENTH IN THE NATION FOR:

  • Oats
  • Winter wheat

Information last updated with 2015 data by:

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Lansing, MI 48909-8460

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