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Report: More farmer's markets could create more jobs

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

Gov. Rick Snyder loaded up with sweet corn, heritage raspberries and peaches during a stroll through a farmers market on the Michigan Capitol lawn.

An agricultural economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists released a report Thursday at the market that said increasing the number of farmers markets could create tens of thousands of jobs in economically struggling areas.

The report finds the number of markets nationwide grew from 340 in 1970 to more than 7,000 today, driven by growing public support for local food and farms. It estimates that modest public funding for 100 to 500 otherwise-unsuccessful farmers' markets a year could create as many 13,500 jobs during a five-year period.

Snyder sampled cookies and cheese and talked about how such markets are another way to add Michigan jobs.

The report's findings were announced on the steps of the Michigan capitol building and helped kick off the 12th annual U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Farmers Market Week.

Click here to find a farmer's market in your area.

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