LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A proposal by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to turn the state's dairy farm inspection program over to industry field representatives who are certified by state agriculture officials is raising questions among milk producers and shoppers alike.

The Republican governor last month announced the proposal that would save taxpayers an estimated $600,000 a year as part of his $45.9 billion budget plan that includes $1.2 billion in permanent spending cuts and sharp cuts in taxes for business owners.

Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Keith Creagh (kray) tells The Detroit News many dairy farms that belong to co-operatives are already inspected by industry representatives and 58 percent of Michigan's 2,200 dairy farms receive industry inspections.

Creagh says the state wants to expand that model and still would do periodic audits and enforcement.


Information from: The Detroit News,

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