1. Michigan Department of Agriculture, "Roles, Mission, and Guiding Principles," accessible on the Internet at http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125-1572-7773--,00.html.

  2. Tim Aben and Julie Stapelman, "Line Item and Boilerplate Summary: Agriculture," p. 4. Lansing: House Fiscal Agency, January 2002.

  3. Aaron Steelman and Joseph P. Overton, excerpted from "Advancing Civil Society: A State Budget to Strengthen Michigan Culture," April 1996, p. 9.

  4. Michigan Department of Agriculture, "Migrant Labor Housing Program, FY 2001 Annual Report," p. 1.

  5. Accessible on the Internet at http://www.mackinac.org/3161.

  6. Aben and Stapelman, p. 15.

  7. Ibid.

  8. Ibid.

  9. Michigan Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Development Division, "Inter-Office Purchases & Services Requisition," Sept. 24, 2002.

  10. Ibid.

  11. Michael LaFaive, "Make Michigan One Big Renaissance Zone," Michigan Privatization Report, summer 2002, p. 5. Accessible on the Internet at http://www.mackinac.org/4473.

  12. Ibid.

  13. Michigan Department of Agriculture, "Summary of 2002 Export Grants," obtained through Freedom of Information Act in October 2002.

  14. Ibid.

  15. Letter to Paul Burke of the Michigan Department of Agriculture from the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, Sept. 20, 2002.

  16. Food Bank Council of Michigan, "Who We Are," accessible on the Internet at http://www.fbcmich.org.

  17. Future Farmers of America, "FFA Mission and Strategies," accessible on the Internet at http://www.ffa.org/about_ffa/organization/html/mission.html.

  18. Aben and Stapelman, p. 17.

  19. Gary Heinlein, "Fair’s low turnout puts it in jeopardy," The Detroit News, Sept. 22, 2002. Accessible on the Internet at http://www.detnews.com/2002/metro/0209/22/c01-593735.htm.

  20. "State Fair Succeeds Again," The Detroit News, Oct. 21, 2002. Accessible on the Internet at http://www.detnews.com/2002/editorial/0210/21/a08-617449.htm.

  21. Aben and Stapelman, p. 17.

  22. Telephone interview of Barb Hensinger, director of fairs, racing and expositions, Michigan Department of Agriculture by Mackinac Center for Public Policy Director of Fiscal Policy Michael LaFaive, Sept. 17, 2002.

  23. Telephone interview of Kevin Dubord, assistant assessor, by Mackinac Center for Public Policy Director of Fiscal Policy Michael LaFaive, Sept. 30, 2002.

  24. Author interview with Bill Woodman, horse-racing analyst, Fairs and Racing Division, Michigan Department of Agriculture, Sept. 23, 2002.

  25. Ibid., Interview with Barb Hensinger.