LANSING— Sen. John Proos recently met with farmers from St. Joseph County during the Michigan Farm Bureau’s annual Lansing Legislative Seminar.
“Throughout our state, agriculture and the family farm are the heart of the community and the way of life for thousands of residents,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Maintaining and enhancing our agricultural heritage means first talking with our farmers and then working to help address the issues facing them.”
Roughly 400 Michigan Farm Bureau members attended the seminar, which offered a chance for farmers to chat with their state elected officials and recognize them for the work they have done on behalf of the state’s agriculture industry.
Proos said that three priorities highlighted were market access, workforce development and regulatory reform.
“To succeed, our farmers need more than good weather and rich soil. They need to be able to get their goods to market, hire skilled workers and have a government that isn’t getting in the way,” Proos said. “I understand these issues and am working to find a responsible way to fix our roads and dredge our ports and also to expand the ability of students to take more career and technical education classes in high school.”