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 Victories

  • Greenhouse Work Safe Plan – During the early months of the COVID19 Pandemic, MGGC launched a successful communication plan to put pressure on the state to allow the sales of greenhouse floriculture goods and products.
  • Sales/Use Tax Clarification – MGGC worked on legislation which clarifies that greenhouse structures are not subject to sales or use tax. It was brought to our attention that the MI Treasury was NOT following the law as written, so MGGC hired legal counsel and were planning to take to court, when the Treasury relented their outdated practices.
  • Crop Insurance – MGGC worked to address crop insurance and indemnity for greenhouses, especially under crop destruction orders. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) did extensive research and pilot crop insurance programs are being offered in several states, including Michigan.

Board of Directors

President

Chris Schwartz
Schwartz’s Greenhouse
schwartzgreenhouse@gmail.com

Vice President

Paul Schaap
Schaap’s Greenhouse
schaapsgreenhouse@hotmail.com

Treasurer (Allied Trade Member)

Mike Fassbender
Action Molding Inc.
Mike.Fassbender@actionmolding.com

Secretary

Cindy Ray
MainStreet Legislative Consulting Services
cindy.ray@mainstreetLC.com

Board Member

Mike Koetsier
Koetsier’s Inc. 
mike@koetsiers.com

Board Member

Jason Pinter
Banotai Greenhouse
jasonpinter@gmail.com

Board Member

Kevin Sportel
Sportel Greenhouses
kevin@sportelgreenhouses.com

Board Member

Kurt Elders
Opel Growers
kurt@opelgrowers.com 

Board Member

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

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

Tonya Powell
tjpowell1073@gmail.com

MDFGA Board Member

 

Executive Director

Jared Rodriguez
MainStreet Legislative Consulting Services, LLC
Jared.Rodriguez@MainStreetLC.com 

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