Wednesday Potato Growers of Michigan Manager Mike Wenkel testified before the Michigan House Agriculture Committee in support of HB5227 known as the Seed Potato Act. The bill introduced by State Representative Roger Victory (R) of Hudsonville will require all persons planting combined seed lots in excess of one acre to plant only Certified seed. Growers from around the state traveled to Lansing for the hearing to show their support.
“This has been a key objective for us to ensure the long-term protection of a viable potato industry in the state of Michigan.” Said Dennis Iott, President of the Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. (PGMI) “We hope we’ve created an easy process that will allow all growers to continue to have successful crops while protecting our great reputation as state with high quality potatoes, all while minimizing the threat of significant diseases to the industry.”
Under the current bill the Certified seed law would become effective for potato crops planted in Michigan after January 1, 2021. To learn more about Seed Potato Act House Bill 5227 click here.