Michigan Grows Potatoes



Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the United States. Michigan farmers grow over 300 different commodities; everything from asparagus to zucchini.  However, Michigan's number one vegetable crop is the potato.  Grown in every region of the state, potatoes love Michigan's rich soil, and cool nights.  Nearly 50,000 acres are dedicated to growing potatoes, which ranks Michigan #8 for overall potato production in the nation.

70% of Michigan's potato crop is used to make America's favorite snack, potato chips.  One out of every four bags of potato chips in the US are filled with chips that started out in Michigan potato fields.  From Michigan's own processors like Better Made Snack Foods, Great Lakes Potato Chips, or Uncle Ray's, all the way to Utz, Herr's, and Frito Lay; Michigan is proud to grow potatoes for all of them.  

The Michigan potato industry generates over $180 million inside the state. This does not include all of the 3,230 jobs involved in Michigan potato production and processing resulting in a contribution of about $1.24 billion dollars to Michigan's economy. Michigan is home to over 70 potato farms, almost all of them multi-generational family farms. As stewards of the land, Michigan potato growers support voluntary environmental programs including the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assessment Program (MAEAP) and the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program.