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Michigan House & Senate increase ag budget

The Michigan Department of Agriculture could see at least a 10 percent increase in funding for the next fiscal year.

State Representatives passed the $39.5 billion dollar state budget Tuesday, coming in below the governor’s recommendations.  Funding for the ag department was increased by more than $10 million to $106 million.

The Senate finalized their $56.1 billion dollar version of the state budget Thursday. It includes a 14 percent increase to the ag department.

Both measures include increased funding for emergency management, food safety, animal health and disease response, and infrastructure, as well as resources for the state’s fruit and vegetable industry and value-added agriculture.

A final version is expected to be approved by June.

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