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Michigan farmers urge increased transportation funding in new ad

Monday, March 25, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Contact: Matt Smego

Michigan Farm Bureau

517-323-7000 ext. 2044


LANSING, Mich. ­­–– Michigan farmers urge increased investment in Michigan’s crumbling transportation network in a new statewide advertisement.

In the ad, farmers from Hillsdale and Clinton Counties share how poor road conditions burden one of the state’s top industries and why action must be taken now to improve Michigan’s infrastructure. The television ad can be viewed here.

 “Michigan’s deteriorating roads make it more difficult and costly to transport crops and goods,” said Jennifer Lewis, a Hillsdale County farmer who is featured in the ad. “Many consumers don’t realize that this increases the cost of our products – and they will only get more expensive the longer we wait to fix our roads.”

Lewis and her husband operate a third-generation dairy and cash crop farm that includes 600 cattle and 2,275 acres of crops. She also serves on the Michigan Farm Bureau board of directors, representing farmers in Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale, Jackson and Lenawee counties.

“There are nearly 55,000 farms in Michigan, all of which depend on a quality transportation network to get their products to market,” said Matt Smego, legislative counsel for the Michigan Farm Bureau. “With one-third of Michigan’s roads already in poor condition, the legislature must act now to fix our roads before they become even worse and more expensive to fix.”

Michigan’s roads are currently deteriorating at a rate of $3 million a day, according to a recent report released by the County Road Association of Michigan. If Michigan does not increase investment in its transportation network, 65 percent of roads will be in poor condition by 2018.

The Michigan Transportation Team (MTT) is a broad-based, bipartisan partnership of business, labor, local government, associations and citizens with the common goal of improving Michigan’s transportation infrastructure. MTT is committed to promoting the development and maintenance of a safe, convenient and efficient transportation network that serves the public, private and economic development needs of Michigan. To learn more about Michigan’s roads crisis and transportation funding, please visit:

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