July 21, 2010 One can't overlook the importance of the expansion projects we've recently highlighted when it comes to economic viability in the region.
Recently we featured stories on Imlay City's Vlasic plant and Pirrone's Produce in Capac—both businesses experiencing growth and success based largely in local agriculture.
Highlighted on last week's front page, Pirrone's offered us a glimpse of the 18,000 square-foot expansion that's currently underway. A few months back officials at Pinnacle Foods (Vlasic's parent company) treated our readers to a rare in-depth look at the inner-workings of their successful enterprise. Both success stories revolve heavily around the abundance of premium produce grown by experienced area farmers. High standards equate to growth and success.
Coupled with closer looks at the viability of urban farming and the signing of Michigan's new Cottage Food Law, a revolution may be underway in a state that would do well to heighten the focus on its second largest industry.
We can all take part in that revolution by supporting these growing businesses and "eating local" whenever possible. Area Farmers Markets and roadside stands offer healthy choices as do co-ops that help some smaller local farmers continue to operate.
If the Michigan House Agriculture Committee needs more reasons the state would do well to promote the ag industry, this region provides excellent examples.