Food & Ag Exporters: Apply for MDARD Award by March 15

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2019
Media Contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-284-5725
Program Contact: Jamie Zmitko-Somers, 517-284-5738

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is now accepting applications for the 2019 “Ag Exporter of the Year” award. The award recognizes outstanding companies for their efforts to increase exports of Michigan food and agriculture products. 

Companies of all sizes are encouraged to apply. Eligibility is limited to Michigan food and agriculture producers, manufacturers, or shippers of good reputation and good standing in the business community that are aggressively pursuing international markets and increasing export sales. Products must be more than 50 percent grown, processed, or manufactured in Michigan.

The winner of the “Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year” award is selected by export industry representatives based on export growth, innovation, and the pursuit of new export markets.

The Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year award was first awarded in 2006. Previous winners: Dr. John’s Candies, Bayside Best Beans, Star of the West Milling, Continental Dairy, Connor Sports, Graceland Fruit, Cherry Central, Zeeland Farm Service, Walters Gardens, Honee Bear Canning, Cooperative Elevator Company, and Michigan Apple Committee.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019.

For more information, and an application, visit, or contact Jamie Zmitko-Somers at 517-284-5738.


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