MDARD Role, Mission and Guiding Principles

Front picture for the Inside MDA section of the MDA web site showing the MDA logo. When the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) was created in 1921, its primary responsibility was to implement laws pertaining to the production, handling and distribution of agricultural products. The department was given the mandate to promote agricultural interests in Michigan and foster direct trading or marketing between producers and consumers.

Although some things have remained constant, the 21st century has brought considerable new challenges and opportunities for MDARD. The department's job has become larger and more complex, and the technology more advanced.

Today, MDARD operates according to much larger goals. In its dual role of regulator and marketer, the department provides Michigan citizens with quality services and information by working cooperatively with many state, federal and local agencies and other organizations including universities, colleges and associations.


"Assure the food safety, agricultural, environmental, and economic interests of the people of the State of Michigan are met through service, partnership, and collaboration."


  1. Assure food safety
  2. Protect animal and plant health
  3. Sustain environmental stewardship
  4. Provide consumer protection
  5. Enable rural development
  6. Foster efficient administrative operations

For more information about the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development call us at: (800) 292-3939 or Email: