120 N. Washington Square, Suite 1000

Lansing, MI 48933

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120 N. Washington Square, Suite 1000

Lansing, MI 48933

Questions? Call us!

Who We Are

MGGC is well established as a relevant and sustainable STATEWIDE voice for Michigan greenhouse growers, identifying and addressing issues and threats to profitability.

Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council

As a statewide organization, Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council (MGGC) realizes the importance of having a strong, cohesive association that represents the grower segment of our industry and focuses on public policy, legislation and keeping Michigan growers informed about relevant issues.

  • MGGC is a public policy organization that will make sure your views are expressed to public officials.
  • MGGC is an independent organization endorsed by Metro Detroit Flower Growers Association (MDFGA) and the Western Michigan Greenhouse Association (WMGA).
  • The Council will not duplicate the programs of the MDFGA and WGMA, but will actively support beneficial legislation and oppose public policies that do not support Michigan’s floriculture and horticulture economy.

Policy Priorities

  • Preserve the agriculture exemption to encourage growth in the industry
  • Oppose real property taxation for energy-related equipment
  • Seek grower compensation for government ordered plant destruction
  • Ensure access to water. Continue to monitor water legislation and its impact on growers
  • Shift the responsibility of immigration laws and enforcement to the federal level/ away from growers
  • Eliminate unfair importation of products that take business from Michigan/US growers
  • Support continued communication between MGGC and the plant industry and the Pesticide Division of MDARD
  • Support an effective applied research and floriculture and horticulture marketing research agenda at MSU

For a complete picture of MGGC Policy Interests, click here.

 

Legislative Success

  • Sales/Use Tax Clarification – MGGC worked hard on HB4561 to get it passed and signed into law. It clarifies that greenhouse structures are not subject to sales or use tax.
  • 2018 Farm Bill – MGGC has successfully added language to the Farm Bill, which address crop insurance and indemnity to include greenhouse research. This should prevent situations like the 2003 Ralstonia crisis.
  • Water Withdraw Changes – 2018 legislation will make it easier for large water user, primarily farmers, to tap water with less red tape. It has been a burdensome, sometimes long waiting period to have an application for water withdrawal approved at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, formerly Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The passed legislation will now make it easier for agriculture applications. Agriculture is the Michigan’s largest water user and a big part of the state’s economic engine.
  • EGLE Transparency & Accountability – MGGC supported legislation to create transparency and accountability at the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), formerly Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) oversight by establishing an 11-member stakeholder committee with then power to review all proposed environmental rules and amend them, if necessary. This will ensure that residents and critical stakeholders are represented in the rule making process and now can get questions answered by EGLE, which current law did not require.

Board of Directors

President

Dave Mast
Andy Mast Greenhouses
dave@andymastgreenhouses.com

Vice President

Kevin Sportel
Sportel Greenhouse
kevin@sportelgreenhouses.com

Treasurer

Mike Fassbender
Action Mold & Machining
mfassbender@actionmold.net

Secretary

Cindy Ray
MainStreet Legislative Consulting Services
cindy.ray@sbam.org

Board Member

Susie Raker-Zimmerman
Raker-Roberts’s Young Plants
susieraker@raker.com

Board Member

Craig Stevens
DGI Propigators
craig@dgiprop.com

Board Member

Dale Buist
Countryside Greenhouse
daleb@countrysidegreenhouse.com

Board Member

Kurt Elders
Opel Growers
kurt@opelgrowers.com

Board Member

Chris Schwartz
Schwartz’s Greenhouse
schwartz@schwartzgreenhouse.net

Allied Trade Member

Matt Staal
Dillen-ITML/ The HC Companies
mstaal@hc-companies.com

Education Committee Member

Heidi Linberg
MSU Extension
wollaege@anr.msu.edu

WMGA Board Member

Scott Gruppen
Meadowridge
sgruppen@meadowridgeinc.com

 

MDFGA Board Member

Mark Watkins
BogieLake Greenhouse
blgreenhou@aol.com

Executive Director

Goeff Hansen
MainStreet Legislative Consulting LLC
MainStreet@sbam.org

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