Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Farm Bureau today announced their endorsement of Justice Joan Larsen for Michigan’s Supreme Court. With nearly 200,000 members, the Michigan Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. As a general farm organization, they represent the diversity of Michigan’s agriculture industry, from crops and livestock to fruits and vegetables, greenhouses, forestry and more. The Michigan Farm Bureau is the umbrella organization for 65 County Farm Bureaus across the state of Michigan.
In addition, Justice Larsen was given the designation “Friends of Agriculture” by the Michigan Agri-Pac, the political arm of the Michigan Farm Bureau.
Sarah Black, Agri-Pac secretary and director of the Michigan Farm Bureau Public Policy and Commodity Division said, “We need leaders who understand, appreciate and respect agriculture’s contribution to Michigan’s economy. It’s one of Michigan Farm Bureau’s top priorities to identify and help elect ‘Friends of Agriculture.'”
Black continued, “Justice Joan Larsen is endorsed by AgriPac as a ‘Friend of Agriculture’ because she shares the core values of Michigan farmers and can be trusted to strictly interpret the written law and apply it to everyone equally, rather than making law from the bench,” said Black. “This philosophy is of utmost importance to Michigan farmers who expect and demand predictable law and certainty.”
Justice Joan Larsen said, “I am deeply humbled to be declared a “Friend of Agriculture” and to receive the endorsement of the Michigan Farm Bureau’s Agri-Pac. Farmers across our great state must deal with legal issues often and like everyone who enters our halls of justice, they expect equal justice under the law. The responsibility to provide equal justice under the law is one we take very seriously on the Michigan Supreme Court. Our citizens can have confidence that all who come before the Court will be heard and their arguments given the due diligence they deserve. This includes our farmers and I am proud to have their support to continue in this important work.”
Justice Larsen is seeking retention in the 2016 election for a two-year term ending on January 1, 2019. Justice Larsen was appointed on September 30, 2015 to fill the remainder of Justice Mary Beth Kelly’s term who resigned from office last year.