Senator Green asked and was granted unanimous consent to make a statement and moved that the statement be printed
in the Journal.
The motion prevailed.
Senator Green’s statement is as follows:
I’m supporting these bills today because I’m a farmer, and I support sound environmental practices. I represent the
breadbasket of Michigan, which is the Thumb and surrounding areas. It’s hard to communicate just how farmers feel
about their land and water. Folks, it’s their home. It’s their livelihood. It’s their recreation if they hunt. Views of their
land, sunrises, storms, crops, and sunsets—all of these fill their minds with memories and satisfaction. Farmers love their
land and do what they can to protect it.
The MAEAP program actually started as a team effort with the DEQ and the federal EPA. They used MAEAP certification instead of a permit from 2002 to 2007, when the NPDES permit process was started for animal operations. What these
bills do is take widely agreed-upon standards and practices and put them into law. It’s a voluntary program that increases
A farmer’s greatest love is smelling the earth after they plow it. Farmers love the smell of new-mown hay. If you really
want to upset a farmer, dump some trash on his land. Farmers love their land, and I ask my colleagues to support these