Michigan Agriculture Resources
Facts about Michigan Agriculture
Michigan grows a wide variety of crops each year, and our farmers take pride in growing high quality, diverse products. We invite you to learn more about our state's agriculture production and to enjoy all the bounty and beauty Michigan's agriculture industry has to offer.
- Michigan produces more than 300 commodities on a commercial basis, including tart cherries, blueberries, dry beans, floriculture products, and cucumbers for pickles.
- The food and agriculture industry contributes $104.7 billion annually to the state's economy.
- Livestock (including dairy) has the greatest economic impact at $5.13 billion, followed by field crops with an economic impact of $5.12 billion.
- The total impact of nursery and landscape production, including backward linked industries, is $1.26 billion. The direct value of the vegetable sector is $278.32 million with a total economic impact of approximately $428.2 million. The direct economic impact of fruit production in the state is $485.44 million. The total economic activity including backward linked industries related to fruit production is $753.01 million.
- Michigan's food and agriculture system is a large portion of this state's workforce. Total employment resulting from this sector is approximately 805,000, which accounts for about 17 percent of the state's employment.
- In 2018, Michigan exported $1.98 billion in food and agricultural products. Michigan's top export markets are Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, and China.
- Michigan's top agricultural exports are processed food products; wood and wood products; soybeans and soybean meal; vegetables and dry beans; and cereals, baked goods, and pasta.
- Exports help boost farm prices and income, while also supporting more than 17,065 Michigan jobs both on and off the farm in food processing, storage, and transportation.
Every $1 in export activity generates another $2.87 in economic activity, meaning Michigan's total agriculture exports of $1.98 billion have a local impact of an additional $5.6 billion.
Farms & Farmland
- There are just under 10 million acres of farmland in Michigan, and the state is home to roughly 47,600 farms.
Keep up with Michigan Agriculture
Want to stay in touch with Michigan food and farmers? Here are a few ways to get started:
- Buy Local Products - Want to support producers in the state? Discover products made in Michigan by visiting the Michigan Ag Council website.
- Keep Learning - Ag in the Classroom provides agricultural education to students across the state. For more information, visit the Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom website.
- Share Infographics - Download shareable graphics featuring the state's top 10 agriculture products, seasonal produce calendars and more at the Michigan Farm Flavor website.
- Shop at a Farmers Market - With more than 300 farmers markets across the state, it's easy to buy fresh, local produce, meats and other foods in Michigan. To find a farmers market near you, visit the Michigan Farmers Market Association website.
- Stay in Touch - Keep up with the wide-ranging efforts of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at Michigan.gov/MDARD.
- Visit a Farm - Picking berries, exploring a corn maze, selecting the perfect Christmas tree - these are just some of the fun things to do on farms. To learn more about Michigan agritourism, visit the Michigan Farm Fun website.
Michigan Agriculture Magazine
A guide to Michigan's farms, forests, food and exports, featuring stories about the state's top crops, livestock, agribusiness, tourism, food safety and local products.
Discover Michigan Farm Fun - Michigan's Agricultural Tourism Directory
All across Michigan, there are agricultural experiences to discover.
Michigan Agriculture Industry Links
- MSU Product Center - Helps you develop and commercialize high value products and businesses in the food, agricultural and natural resource sectors.
- Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) - Works with and for farmers market organizers, managers, farmers, vendors and friends to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products.
- State of Michigan Agriculture Fact Sheet From USDA
- USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service - Find Michigan ag stats.
- NASS CropScape Geospatial Data Service
- Michigan Agricultural & Commodity Organizations - Michigan is home to many commodity organizations representing the state's diverse agricultural sectors.
- MSU Product Center 2012 Economic Impact Report (PDF)
- MSU Product Center 2012 Economic Impact Report Summary (PDF)
- Michigan Ag Council - The Michigan Ag Council is an organization of commodity groups and agribusinesses working together to raise awareness of food and agriculture today
- USDA's New Farmers website - A centralized online resource to support new farmers
Food Industry Links
- Michigan County Food and Agricultural Systems Profiles - These profiles highlight the diversity of Michigan agriculture, the economic impacts of the agri-food industry from a systemic view including food processing and distribution. The profiles also include information on current food and agricultural trends like locally produced and organic foods.
- Cottage Food Checklist - Resources to educate the public regarding the regulations and requirements for "cottage foods."
- MSU Center for Regional Food Systems - Engaging the people of Michigan, the US, and the world in developing regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.
- Michigan Good Food Fund - A $30 million public-private partnership loan fund that provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that benefit underserved communities across Michigan.
- 40 maps that explain food in America