Michigan agribusinesses on water


The President of the Michigan Agri-Business Association says water access and quality are top priorities in 2016.

Jim Byrum tells Brownfield water availability is becoming increasingly more important even in the Great Lakes region.  “Even though we’re surrounded by fresh water, the land beneath the central part of the state has to recharge, the aquifers have to recharge.”

He says intensive drainage management systems can rapidly move water away from where it might be needed.  “Sometimes that water doesn’t have the opportunity to soak in the field where it may be needed to replenish an aquifer.”

Byrum tells Brownfield water issues that are occurring across the country and in the Great Lakes will be highlighted at the Michigan Water Symposium this Wednesday.

AUDIO: Interview with Jim Byrum

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