LANSING (WTVB) - At least one economist doesn't see agriculture as being one of the state's leading industries, but Governor Snyder is standing behind the belief that it is. Speaking this week at the Michigan State University Ag-Expo, Snyder was asked about where he feels agriculture ranks days after former House Fiscal Agency Director Mitch Bean’s opinion that agriculture is the state's 16th biggest industry. Snyder answered that he was proud to say he thinks agriculture is one of the big three along with autos and tourism. Bean told MIRS Friday that in order for agriculture to rise to the state's second-leading industry, it would need to include the commerce generated from every grocery store, restaurant and other food-service establishment in the state. The Michigan Farm Bureau stuck by the conventional wisdom that Agriculture was the state's second-largest industry in a statement this week, even though the authors an MSU study concede they have never claimed any such thing. The Governor said we shouldn't spend so much time talking about that and in his words, “let's just make sure we're growing it. Take that number and make it bigger".
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