- Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Overview
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is comprised of six divisions that use a customer-driven, solution-oriented approach to cultivate and expand new economic opportunities for the food and agricultural sector; safeguard the public’s food supply; inspect and enforce sound animal health practices; control and eradicate plant pests and diseases threatening the $104.7 billion food and agriculture system; preserve the environment by which the farming community makes their living and feeds consumers; and protect consumers by enforcing laws relating to weights and measures.
- Who We Are
- MDARD Org Chart - February 13, 2019
- MDARD Open Michigan Scorecards
- Contacting MDARD
- MDARD Emergency Contact Information
- MDARD on Social Media
- Facts About Michigan Agriculture
- MDARD Role, Mission, and Key Goals
Meet the Director
- Meet the Director
Gary McDowell was appointed MDARD Director by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in December 2018.
- Large color portrait of MDARD Director Gary McDowell (for media download only)
- Meet the Chief Deputy Director
- View a list of MDARD directors both past and present