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Food and Agriculture Exports Set Record

Apr 15, 2022

Michigan food, agriculture, and forest product exports rose by 19% last year, totaling $2.5 billion. The state consistently ranks as one of the most agriculturally diverse states in the nation and demand continues to grow. “Michigan’s agriculture industry is critical to expanding economic opportunities and creating more good-paying jobs for Michiganders. We will stay focused on […]

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Office of Rural Development Leader Announced

Mar 18, 2022

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell has named Sarah Lucas to lead the newly created Office of Rural Development, effective April 18. Governor Gretchen Whitmer established the office in January to focus on the strategic needs of rural Michigan, including economic and workforce development, infrastructure, public health, and environmental sustainability. Prior to […]

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Food and Agriculture Month Declared

Mar 11, 2022

Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed March as Food and Agriculture month to honor and celebrate the state’s farmers, diversity of products grown and processed in our state, and the partnerships that keep the industry thriving. According to information from the executive office, the industry is annually responsible for 805,000 jobs and more than $104 billion of […]

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Agriculture Funding Introduced

Feb 25, 2022

Under the latest funding proposal introduced, $1.4 billion would be appropriated to improve Michigan’s food security and invest in rural communities. The legislation, introduced by Senator Roger Victory (R-Georgetown Twp.), would make a number of large investments: $350 million for food distribution security and stability grants $144 million for bovine TB mitigation at beef and […]

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Public Input Requested on Agricultural Management Practices

Aug 20, 2021

Residents have until August 27, 2021, to submit comments on the proposed drafts of the 2022 Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs) for Michigan. The practices are reviewed each year by committees comprised of various experts and revised or updated, if necessary. All proposed GAAMPs changes are reviewed and approved by the Michigan Commission […]

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Department Celebrating 100th Anniversary

Jul 02, 2021

On July 1, 1921, the Michigan Department of Agriculture was created by a public act. Now known as the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, it was created to promote the agricultural interests of the state. Michigan’s food and agriculture industry has a $104.7 billion overall impact on the state’s economy annually and employs 17.2% […]

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March Proclaimed as Food and Ag Month

Mar 12, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed March as Michigan Food and Agriculture Month. This is done to celebrate Michigan’s farmers, the diversity of products grown and processed in our state, and the partnerships that keep our food and agriculture industry thriving. The state has been an ideal location for food and agriculture businesses due to our […]

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Committee Approves Changes to Agricultural Disaster Relief Program

Jan 17, 2020

The Senate Appropriations Committee reported legislation that would allow farmers to apply soon for low-interest qualified loans. Introduced by Senator Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway), the bill would update the Agriculture Disaster Loan Origination Program to reflect the specific needs of the 2019 season and allow lenders to begin issuing loans with the $15 million appropriated by […]

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