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Michigan is home to many things: the Great Lakes, the automobile industry, a skilled workforce, and one of the most abundant and diverse agricultural environments in the nation. This state is also a great place to locate, start, or grow a food, agriculture and forest product business, and the MDARD Agriculture Development team is here to help businesses figure out how to do just that.

Working closely with community partners and other state and federal agencies, we connect businesses to technical and development resources, including funding and financing, supply chain, regulatory assistance and international trade.

How to Grow or Expand Your Food or Agriculture Business in Michigan

If you already have a food or agriculture business in Michigan and are looking to expand, our Agriculture Development Specialists will connect you to the business and financial resources you need to get things done quickly and avoid pitfalls.

Interested in starting or relocating a business to Michigan? We will help you find the financing, resources, regulatory answers necessary to make the best decisions for your agri-business. 

View this supply chain fact sheet to learn more about the services provided by the Economic Development Specialists of MDARD.

Agriculture Development Specialists By Region

Agriculture Development Specialist serve all 83 counties of the state. Locate the Specialist serving your region by viewing or downloading this map or refering to the following region-by-county list:

REGION 1: Donna LaCourt 517-614-5518, lacourtd2@michigan.gov

Counties: Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Iron, Marquette, Dickinson, Menominee, Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac, Chippewa

REGION 2: Jodi Gruner 517-243-8046, grunerj@michigan.gov

Counties: Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Wexford, Manistee, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau

REGION 3: Donna LaCourt 517-614-5518, lacourtd2@michigan.gov

Counties: Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco

REGION 4: Jodi Gruner 517-243-8046, grunerj@michigan.gov

Counties: Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Barry, Allegan

REGION 5: Joe McCulloch 517-512-0369, mccullochj1@michigan.gov

Counties: Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Isabella, Midland, Bay, Saginaw, Gratiot

REGION 6: Joe McCulloch 517-512-0369, mccullochj1@michigan.gov

Counties: Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair

REGION 7: Joe McCulloch 517-512-0369, mccullochj1@michigan.gov

Counties: Clinton, Eaton, Ingham

REGION 8: Jodi Gruner 517-243-8046, grunerj@michigan.gov

Counties: Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch

REGION 9: Terri Barker 517-331-5272 barkert4@michigan.gov

Counties: Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston

REGION 10: Terri Barker 517-331-5272 barkert4@michigan.gov

Counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb

Statewide Rural Development Specialist: Jason Allen 517-614-4800, allenj34@michigan.gov