Michigan Ag dept. head works to boost food industry, safety

Jamie Adams says food safety is No. 1, but wants to encourage food industry jobs

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DETROIT - The new head of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is moving forward with efforts to boost the state's agriculture exports, encourage job-creation in the food industry and make sure farmers get the support they need amid this year's extreme weather.

But Jamie Clover Adams says ensuring food safety remains at the core of the department's mission.

With more funding for the coming budget year approved by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder, she says the department is stepping up those efforts as well.

The new budget increases spending for the department to about $70 million.

The budget includes nearly $6 million for initiatives supporting increased on-farm environmental protection, food safety and opportunities for regional economic growth. There's also $600,000 for additional staff.

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