Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award - Winner Announcement Coming Soon!

Contact: Jamie Zmitko-Somers 517-284-5738
Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

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Announcement of the 2018 EXPORTER OF THE YEAR AWARD is Coming Soon!

2015 Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year AwardEach year, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recognizes Michigan's leading exporters in the category of Food and Agriculture products. MDARD does this by awarding a Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year award to a deserving Michigan company. This special honor can bring further success, signaling to international buyers a company's quality and commitment to exporting.

Companies of all sizes are encouraged to apply. The winner of the Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award is selected on the basis of export growth, innovation, and the pursuit of new export markets.


Michigan food and agriculture producers, manufacturers or shippers of good reputation and good standing in the business community, who are aggressively pursuing international markets and increasing export sales, are encouraged to apply.

Products must be over 50 percent grown, processed or manufactured in Michigan. Companies with headquarters in other states but production facilities in Michigan are invited to apply on the basis of their Michigan-made exports. Past recipients of the "Michigan Agricultural Exporter of the Year" award are eligible to apply five years after their initial award if they have increased their exports or expanded into new markets.

Past Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award Recipients:

“Star of the West is pleased to be recognized with the 2015 Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year award. This award is a reflection of the Star’s commitment to partner with food producers and processors to provide quality flour, edible soybeans and dry edible bean products to help feed the world.” - Arthur Loeffler, President, Star of the West Milling Co.

"We are honored to receive this prestigious award after just our second year of operation.  MDARD has been a key partner in not only our business development, but our achievements as well. This award truly illustrates the dedication of our team of owners, management and employees working together to produce 'Gold Star Quality Product' for the global marketplace." - Steve Cooper, COO/General Manager, Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC

"Connor Sports is honored to be awarded 2013 Ag Exporter of the Year by the State of Michigan.  We're very proud of our roots in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and are very excited to be recognized as a contributor to the state's export initiative." - Jon Isaacs, General Manager, Connor Sports 


The 2016 Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award Winner, Bayside Best Beans

2016 Exporter of the Year Bayside Best Beans

Pictured (left to right): Bonnie Forman, Safety Director at Bayside Best Beans; Gary Hahn, Plant Supervisor at Bayside Best Beans; Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD Director; Brad Witek, General Manager at Bayside Best Beans; Carrie Hines, Marketing Assistant at Bayside Best Beans; Laura Brahmer, Office Manager at Bayside Best Beans

Read the full press release about Bayside Best Bean's award here.