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    Resources for Growing Your Business

    • Pure Michigan Agriculture Business Connect Summit Pure Michigan Agriculture Business Connect Summit is an invitation only event to connect food buyers to food processors, producers and aggregators. The summit is the launch of a long-term commitment by both the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to assist in supply chain connectivity and create more opportunities for Michigan products.

    • Ag-Related Business Development By supporting growth in our agri-food system, MDARD contributes to Michigan's economic development and diversification. As the state's second largest economic driver, agriculture is a sector ripe with opportunity for business expansion and job growth. The face of agriculture is changing in Michigan, with new and emerging industries complementing the state's agricultural traditions. The Office of Agriculture Development delivers expertise and leadership to support economic development in Michigan's food and agriculture industries.
    The MDARD Office of Agriculture Development encourages Michigan companies to fill out an agri-food companies database form so staff can keep them informed of domestic and international marketing activities.

    • 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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