Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law measures aimed at expanding and strengthening a voluntary program to help farmers protect the environment.
The two bills signed by Snyder on Tuesday afternoon in Lansing were his first as governor. The bills that the Legislature approved earlier this month are putting aspects of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program into state law.
Snyder says the bills are important for the state's agriculture industry.
The program aims to help farmers evaluate their operations to better identify and prevent possible environmental problems. About 1,000 farms have become verified through the program. Thousands more are in earlier stages of the verification process.
Critics say they worry the bills could allow some larger farms to increase pollution with little oversight.