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Michigan a great place to locate, start, or grow a food, agriculture and forest product business, and the MDARD Agriculture Development team is here to help businesses figure out how to do just that.

Working closely with community partners and other state and federal agencies, we connect businesses to technical and development resources, including funding and financing, supply chain, regulatory assistance and international trade.


How to Grow or Expand Your Food or Agriculture Business in Michigan

If you already have a food or agriculture business in Michigan and are looking to expand, our Agriculture Development Specialists will connect you to the business and financial resources you need to get things done quickly and avoid pitfalls.

Interested in starting or relocating a business to Michigan? We will help you find the financing, resources, regulatory answers necessary to make the best decisions for your agri-business. 

View this supply chain fact sheet to learn more about the services provided by the Economic Development Specialists of MDARD.

Agriculture Development Specialists By Region

Agriculture Development Specialist serve all 83 counties of the state. Locate the Specialist serving your region by viewing or downloading this map or referring to the following region-by-county list:

REGION 1: Donna LaCourt 517-614-5518,

Counties: Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Iron, Marquette, Dickinson, Menominee, Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac, Chippewa

REGION 2: Jodi Gruner 517-243-8046,

Counties: Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Wexford, Manistee, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau

REGION 3: Donna LaCourt 517-614-5518,

Counties: Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco

REGION 4: Jodi Gruner 517-243-8046,

Counties: Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Barry, Allegan

REGION 5: Joe McCulloch 517-512-0369,

Counties: Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Isabella, Midland, Bay, Saginaw, Gratiot

REGION 6: Joe McCulloch 517-512-0369,

Counties: Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair

REGION 7: Jenelle Jagmin 517-930-0696,

Counties: Clinton, Eaton, Ingham

REGION 8: Jenelle Jagmin 517-930-0696,

Counties: Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch

REGION 9: Terri Barker 517-331-5272

Counties: Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston

REGION 10: Terri Barker 517-331-5272

Counties: Wayne, Oakland

REGION 10: Joe McCulloch 517-512-0369,

County: Macomb

Regional Prosperity Initiative
The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development works throughout the State of Michigan to cultivate an environment of growth and collaboration through Governor Snyder’s Regional Prosperity Initiative. The broad-based partnerships formed by state, regional, and local entities help to promote regional collaboration and focus efforts for the growth of agriculture opportunities in all regions.
If you would like more information on MDARD’s support for this initiative, please contact Peter Anastor at or at 517-284-5777.