State Sen. Booher attends agriculture conference

LANSING –-Sen. Darwin Booher announced today that he has returned from an annual international conference of state agricultural and rural leaders with a renewed commitment to agriculture and the jobs the state’s second-largest industry supports.

“During my first year as vice chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, my pride for Michigan agriculture, especially that in the 35th District, has flourished,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I was fortunate to participate in the 2012 Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit, and I am enthusiastic about putting the knowledge I gathered at the summit to good use in this upcoming year.”

The 11th Annual Legislative Agricultural Chairs Summit was held Jan. 6-8 in Washington, D.C. The conference addressed critical issues and challenges facing agriculture and rural communities and was hosted by State Agriculture and Rural Leaders (SARL) in collaboration with the Council of State Governments and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

SARL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to successful agriculture and rural policy and enhancing the rural leadership in all 50 states, Canadian provinces and U.S. territories.

“Interacting with the top policymakers and networking with the leadership of agriculture from 47 states and 7 Canadian provinces was invaluable and has given me the tools to help cultivate agriculture in Michigan,” Booher said. “This year’s summit was especially timely and informative considering the upcoming federal Farm Bill.”