Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award

Contact: Jamie Zmitko-Somers 517-284-5738
Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

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2015 Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year AwardEach year, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recognizes Michigan's leading exporters in the category of Food and Agriculture products.  MDARD does this by awarding a Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year award to a deserving Michigan company. This special honor can bring further success, signaling to international buyers a company's quality and commitment to exporting.


Companies of all sizes are encouraged to apply. The winner of the Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award is selected on the basis of export growth, innovation, and the pursuit of new export markets.



Michigan food and agriculture producers, manufacturers or shippers of good reputation and good standing in the business community, who are aggressively pursuing international markets and increasing export sales, are encouraged to apply.

Products must be over 50 percent grown, processed or manufactured in Michigan. Companies with headquarters in other states but production facilities in Michigan are invited to apply on the basis of their Michigan-made exports. Past recipients of the "Michigan Agricultural Exporter of the Year" award are eligible to apply five years after their initial award if they have increased their exports or expanded into new markets.

Past Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award Recipients:

"We are honored to receive this prestigious award after just our second year of operation.  MDARD has been a key partner in not only our business development, but our achievements as well. This award truly illustrates the dedication of our team of owners, management and employees working together to produce 'Gold Star Quality Product' for the global marketplace." - Steve Cooper, COO/General Manager, Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC

"Connor Sports is honored to be awarded 2013 Ag Exporter of the Year by the State of Michigan.  We're very proud of our roots in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and are very excited to be recognized as a contributor to the state's export initiative." - Jon Isaacs, General Manager, Connor Sports 

"This award will help strengthen and expand our export business and also shows the seriousness, importance and viability of Cherry Central to our export customers of interest in exporting Michigan fruit products. We appreciate all that MDARD does to enhance the export of Michigan agricultural products." 
- Richard Bogard, President, Cherry Central Cooperative


The 2015 Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award Winner, Star of the West Milling Co

2015 MI Ag Exporter of the Year, Star of the West Milling Co

Pictured (left to right): Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD Director; Art Loeffler, President at Star of the West Milling Co.; Governor Rick Snyder; Jim Howe, VP of Elevator Operations at Star of the West Milling Co.; Rob Chandonnet, VP of Edible Bean Sales at Star of the West Milling Co.; and Jamie Zmitko-Somers, MDARD International Marketing Manager.

Read the full press release about Star of the West's award here.

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