STOCKBRIDGE, Mich. — Michigan Agriculture Advancement launches today, advocating for farmers and rural communities through programs to build on-farm resiliency and flexibility. Michigan Agriculture Advancement (MiAA) is founded and led by Dr. Tim Boring, a farmer in Stockbridge, MI who brings more than two decades of research and innovation experience.
“Our agricultural systems must strike a better balance between production efficiencies and resiliency,” says Tim Boring, President and Founder of MiAA. “Farms in Michigan today need more profitable means to grow crops, broader markets to extend rotations, and resilient soils to withstand increasingly extreme weather. Enacting these changes positively impacts the economic viability of farms, but just as importantly, addresses many ongoing environmental concerns.”
MiAA will develop and advocate for policies and programs that promote a resilient approach to production systems, strengthen technical capacity and information exchange among producers, and expand market opportunities to enable more diverse cropping systems. At a farm, state, and national level, MiAA will work to emphasis the highly interconnected nature of shifts in farm management, and how linking the positive economic and environmental outcomes is key for broad impact. In-depth descriptions of MiAA’s priorities and tactics can be found at miagadvance.org.
“While I know farmers are often reluctant to make big changes, I’m convinced that if most farmers are honest with themselves, they’ll admit the current system isn’t working for their farms now, for the prospect of their kids taking over the farm, or for their rural communities,” says Boring. “Farmers often speak of the value of individual liberty, fiscal control, and building for the next generation. MiAA is about building a system that better reflects that vision for Michigan agriculture.”
— Michigan Agriculture Advancement
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