Grow Your Business in Michigan
Michigan 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 referring to the following region-by-county list:
REGION 1: Donna LaCourt 517-614-5518, firstname.lastname@example.org
Counties: Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Iron, Marquette, Dickinson, Menominee, Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac, Chippewa
REGION 2: Jodi Gruner 517-243-8046, email@example.com
Counties: Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Wexford, Manistee, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau
REGION 3: Donna LaCourt 517-614-5518, firstname.lastname@example.org
Counties: Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco
REGION 4: Jodi Gruner 517-243-8046, email@example.com
Counties: Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Barry, Allegan
REGION 5: Joe McCulloch 517-512-0369, firstname.lastname@example.org
Counties: Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Isabella, Midland, Bay, Saginaw, Gratiot
REGION 6: Joe McCulloch 517-512-0369, email@example.com
Counties: Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair
Counties: Clinton, Eaton, Ingham
Counties: Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch
REGION 9: Terri Barker 517-331-5272 firstname.lastname@example.org
Counties: Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston
REGION 10: Terri Barker 517-331-5272 email@example.com
Counties: Wayne, Oakland
REGION 10: Joe McCulloch 517-512-0369, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development works throughout the State of Michigan to cultivate an environment of growth and collaboration through Governor Snyder’s Regional Prosperity Initiative. The broad-based partnerships formed by state, regional, and local entities help to promote regional collaboration and focus efforts for the growth of agriculture opportunities in all regions.