Before the financial crisis began around the world last year, the auto industry was worth $80 billion to Michigan. Agriculture was worth $60 billion. This year ag is up to $63 billion. And some people believe… it’s already overtaken cars.
Kent County has some of the state’s best farmland. In late April, 7 officials from Kent County went to Pennsylvania and Maryland. They were thinking farms could be preserved to protect the industry. And maybe spending money to keep farmers on farms is cheaper than putting homes on farms. Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus went along for the ride.