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In southwest Michigan, where the state’s legendary fruit belt begins and stretches north just off the Lake Michigan shore, agriculture is not just a business for our farmers. It’s a way of life.

Berrien County is ranked first in the nation for its production of cultivated blueberries. It ranks second in the diversity of agricultural products grown. The State of Michigan leads the nation in the production of asparagus, black and cranberry beans, cucumbers, tart cherries, Niagara grapes, and squash. Michigan agriculture contributes more than $104.7 billion annually to our state’s economy. (Source: USDA)

As of 2018, there were 148 commercial wineries operating in Michigan, which amounts to an estimated $300 million dollars in economic activity.