Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award

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

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2019 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.

Eligibility:

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 Agriculture 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.

 

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Sklarczyk Seed Farm Receives '2019 Ag Exporter of the Year Award':

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has awarded Sklarczyk Seed Farm of Johannesburg, Michigan, with the 2019 Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year Award.

“We are honored to be the recipient of the 2019 Ag Exporter of the Year award,” said Ben Sklarczyk, current CEO of Sklarczyk Seed Farm. “As a boy growing up around our operation, I never dreamed SSF would have a worldwide impact on the potato industry. Today I greatly value the customer relationships we have formed and the team we have at SSF, which helps grow some of the best seed potatoes in the world.”

In 2001, SSF began export operations, and from 2016 to 2018 their exports increased by more than 16 percent. Today, more than 41 percent of their total product was exported to countries such as Canada, Egypt, Chile, Thailand, Germany, and Brazil. As a result of this growth, three new jobs were created at SSF.

Past Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award Recipients:

“We are honored to be the recipient of the 2018 Ag Exporter of the Year award. We never dreamed a dentist and a dental hygienist looking for a better alternative for our patients could grow a cottage business into an internationally sought-after brand of candy that provides nutritional benefits and fights tooth decay.” - Debra Bruinsma, Co-Founder of Dr. John’s Candies

“Receiving this award is a reminder of how much Bayside Best Beans has grown -  and continues to grow. We are proud of all the member owners who had the dream to make Bayside what it is today and the hard work our employees have put forth to help us achieve this growth. We are honored and excited to be selected as Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year.” - Brad Witek, General Manager, Bayside Best Beans 

“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.

The 2019 Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award Winner, Sklarczyk Seed Farm

2019 Exporter of the Year - Sklarczyk Seed Farm

Pictured (left to right): Alison Sklarczyk, Sklarczyk Seed Farm; Ben Sklarczyk, Sklarczyk Seed Farm; Director Gary McDowell, MDARD.

Read the full press release about Sklarczyk Seed Farm's award here