The director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture is in Washington to discuss opportunities for agriculture and food-related businesses to contribute to the state and the nation's economic recovery.
Keith Creagh tells reporters on a conference call Thursday that Michigan's diverse soil, climate and crops leave it well-positioned among states where farming is important. He says Michigan can expand efforts to encourage shoppers to buy local food and increase its agricultural exports.
Creagh is among those scheduled to testify at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
The committee's chairwoman is U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, and the hearing is her first since taking the post. She says the committee's work on the next Farm Bill will be important to the state.