Who We Are

Picture of three members of MDARD's staff

Our employees make the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development more than just a state agency. We are a group of individuals with a shared responsibility to our customers.

Learn about the people who make us "Who We Are."

Elizabeth, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator

Sean, Weights and Measures Inspector​

Heather, Grants and Commodity Program Manager

Stephen, Pesticide Inspector

Ken, Digital Media Manager

Growing the Food and Ag Industry

We serve as frontline ambassadors for our industry partners, providing compliance assistance and helping new and expanding businesses connect with the resources they need to be successful, all while placing food safety, environmental sustainability and consumer protection at the forefront of our daily activities.

MDARD partners with the food and agriculture industry to assure a safe, wholesome and abundant food supply; grow our state's economy; and improve the lives of Michigan citizens. These are the primary reasons we do the work we do, and we take great pride in doing our jobs well.

It's Not Just a Job. It's Our Passion

Our guiding principles of service, collaboration, creativity, accountability, and community have strengthened our reputation for problem solving, responsiveness, and excellent customer service. We take our jobs seriously and strive for success every day.

Team First

Together, we inspire each other to strive for success and continued growth.

  • Mentoring
  • Leadership Development
  • Lean Process Improvement
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Celebrating Excellence

Hard work deserves recognition!

  • Employee Recognition Awards
  • Industry Awards
  • National Appointments

Giving Back

We understand the value of community and the rewards we reap when we give our hearts, our time and our financial support to others.

  • Michigan Harvest Gathering
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Lunch Buddy mentoring program
  • Blood Drives
  • State Employees Combined Campaign