PHOTOS: MDARD Director Gary McDowell Visits Local Agricultural Business Focused on Sustainability & Seasonable Production

For immediate release: November 23, 2021
Media contact: Chelsea Lewis-Parisio, 517-331-1151

LANSING, MI - Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell visited Star of the West Milling Co. in Frankenmuth. Director McDowell continues to meet with agricultural businesses as they advance during Michigan's economic recovery. 

"I continue meet with our agricultural businesses across the state to discuss their experiences and challenges and see how MDARD can best assist them," said McDowell. "Businesses like Star of the West are an important component to the Governor's MI New Economy plan."

Star of the West is an advanced system of flour mills and grain elevators providing flour products, beans, and agronomy services. They are known for producing high-quality flour products for our consumers and high-quality grain.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Star of the West assisted with efforts to help healthcare workers stay safe while helping those who needed additional food options because of the dramatic impacts COVID-19 had on a local, national, and global scale. Star of the West donated over 10,000 pounds of flour to Hidden Harvest to distribute and use by local shelters, soup kitchens, and food pantries.

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Photo 1: Director Gary McDowell visits Star of the West Milling Co.

Photo 2: Director Gary McDowell visits Star of the West Milling Co.

Photo 3: Director Gary McDowell visits Star of the West Milling Co.