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The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is comprised of six divisions that use a customer-driven, solution-oriented approach to cultivate and expand new economic opportunities for the food and agricultural sector; safeguard the public’s food supply; inspect and enforce sound animal health practices; control and eradicate plant pests and diseases threatening the $101.2 billion food and agriculture system; preserve the environment by which the farming community makes their living and feeds consumers; and protect consumers by enforcing laws relating to weights and measures.
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Agriculture Commission and MDARD Seeking Public Input on Agricultural Management Practices: Deadline to provide comment is September 8, 2016 - The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development today announced a public input meeting and review period has been scheduled for September 8, 2016 in order to gather comments on the 2017 drafts of the state’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs). Read the full press release here.
Grassfields Cheese LLC Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Certain Cheeses - Out of an abundance of caution, Grassfields Cheese LLC, is conducting a voluntary recall of approximately 20,000 pounds of organic cheeses due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), a bacteria that can cause serious illness in humans. The recalled cheeses were sold from the firm’s retail store located at 14238 60th Ave., Coopersville MI 49404, to wholesale and retail customers, and to consumers nationwide via sales through the firm’s website: http://www.Grassfieldsscheese.com/. Read the full press release here.
MDARD Launches Podcasts Highlighting Key Food and Ag Issues - This podcast focuses on the critical role H-2A guest workers play in the success of the modern food and agriculture industry. Listen as MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams talks about what she would like to see change at the federal level to help Michigan’s farmers and growers: http://1.usa.gov/1VMOKVQ
- Agriculture Commission and MI Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development Seeking Public Input on Agricultural Management Practices
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- GRASSFIELDS CHEESE LLC ISSUES NATIONWIDE VOLUNTARY RECALL OF CERTAIN CHEESES
- MDARD Announces Value Added & Regional Food Systems Grant Project Awardees
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