Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder signed the state budget for Michigan for fiscal year 2016, which begins Oct. 1. As we had hoped, the budget included a 1.5 percent increase for Michigan State University Extension and AgBioResearch.
This modest increase is a big vote of confidence from the Legislature and the governor. This is the fourth year in a row we have seen an increase, after the 15 percent decrease in the 2011-12 budget year. We have not fully recouped that loss, but now that we are seeing consistent increases in our funding line, we can be confident that our stakeholders are really seeing our impact.
Now is a good time to let stakeholders who have supported our funding know how much we appreciate their efforts. Be sure to thank them for their dedication to our programs and the residents of Michigan.
Equally important, I want to thank each of you for continuing to deliver high-quality programming and conducting timely research that has a positive effect on Michigan’s families, farmers, businesses and communities. Without you, we wouldn’t have such strong stakeholder support.