Kristen McDonald Rivet on Economic Benefit of Historic Investment in Farming  

August 15, 2022— Our farms are a vital piece of the fabric of our lives. Growing up in the small farm town of Portland, MI, we celebrated our farming heritage and culture like we do like in our Great Lakes Bay region with Corn Fests & Potato Parades. I never directly experienced the hardships many farmers face but my Dad told me lots about the farm he grew up on that, ultimately, couldn’t be kept in his family.

As a proud 20+ year member of the Michigan Farm Bureau, I’ve always valued what agriculture contributes to our state’s economy and Americans’ tables. So, today, I was thrilled to join my friend and 4th generation farmer Ben Ritter, other area farmers and stakeholders in celebrating the economic benefits of a $19.5 billion comprehensive investment for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help farmers improve nutrient management opportunities, reduce costs and increase their profits.

It will always be important to make smart ag-industry investments. And I believe it will always be crucial to protect our farmers who fuel Michigan’s second largest industry and feed the nation.

Kristen McDonald Rivet, Democratic Candidate for State Senate District 35, is an executive leader and policy strategist. In addition to providing strategic leadership to two non-profits focused on improving health and economic outcomes, McDonald Rivet currently serves as a City Commissioner for Bay City. She was President/ CEO of the network of Greater Midland Community Centers from mid 2016 – early 2021. McDonald Rivet was also the lead architect of Michigan’s birth to five system of care (Great Start) and its parent organization, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC). These initiatives have improved the lives of millions of Michiganders.