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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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Michigan Poultry Exhibition and Swap Meet Ban Lifted - On December 23, MDARD lifted the statewide ban on poultry exhibitions. MDARD implemented the ban as a precautionary measure in June 2015 in response to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak happening across the U.S. Read the full press release here.
Consumer Advisory - MDARD is warning consumers who may have purchased certain products from Lock Stock and Barrel Ranch of Onaway, MI, to dispose of all products immediately because they were manufactured without using the required controls for the safe production of processed foods. Read the full advisory and the complete list of products here.
Notice of Hearing: Corn Marketing Program of Michigan -The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director has received a request to consider amendments to the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan to assess seed corn. The hearings are scheduled as follows:
January 5, 2016 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Sanilac Career Center, 175 E Aitken Rd, Peck, MI, 48466
January 8, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at GreenMark Equipment, 16700 Heimbach Road, Three Rivers, MI 49093
- Grants Awarded for Michigan Food Safety Education and Training Projects
- Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development Elects New Officers
- Attention: MI Food & Agriculture Companies Experiencing International Growth! Apply for Exporter of the Year Award
- Michigan Food and Agriculture Businesses Encouraged to Register for an Upcoming "Expanding Your Exports" Seminar
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