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Resources for Growing Your Business

• Growing Michigan's Future: A Guide to Marketing Your Michigan Food and Agriculture Products Updated for 2012! "Growing Michigan's Future: A Guide to Marketing Your Michigan Food and Agriculture Products" is a 117-page document originally published in October 2010 that provides guidance to farmers and food processors for marketing their products. State regulatory requirements are also included in this downloadable document.

• Grants and Financial Assistance Agriculture grants and loans are available from a variety of federal, state and non-governmental agencies and organizations.

• Food and Ag Business Resources The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development offers assistance to Michigan Agri-Businesses in starting and growing your business. The list below contains some of the core resource materials available to assist you. We invite you to review these materials and if you have specific questions, please refer to the map of regional contacts for the Office of Agriculture Development for further assistance.

• Exporting Food and Agricultural Products Export markets offer many opportunities for Michigan food and agricultural products.

• The National Agricultural Statistics Service - Find Michigan Ag Stats NASS - The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture. Production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm finances, chemical use, and changes in the demographics of U.S. producers are only a few examples.

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 •  Apply for Food Service License
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 •  Bringing Animals into Michigan
 •  Water Use Reporting
 •  Pesticide Re-Certification Seminars
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