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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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Fact v. Fiction and What Really Changed with the GAAMPs/Right to Farm Act in 2014? Changes over two years ago to the voluntary set of guidelines used to support the state’s Right to Farm Act have created a maelstrom of misunderstanding and misinformation about what the law does and does not do, including what protections it may or may not afford Michigan’s farming community. That misunderstanding continues to be amplified by social media reports which vastly misrepresent the facts and the potential impacts, especially as it relates to small and urban farmers. Get the facts here: http://michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1572_28248_50967-328249--,00.htmlMDARD 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/1VMOKVQ2016 Discover Michigan Farm Fun, Michigan's Agricultural Tourism Directory launches new, responsive website - The MAA released its 2016 directory featuring local agricultural products and engaging activities offered in every region of Michigan. Find out more at www.michiganfarmfun.com
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