MDARD's Brad Deacon Earns National Recognition for Emergency Preparedness

For Immediate Release: June 11, 2020
Media Contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-331-1151

LANSING — Brad Deacon, Director of Legal Affairs and Emergency Management for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), was recently recognized by the Partnership for Food Safety Education as a “2020 Food Safety Hero” for his outstanding work in emergency preparedness. Brad, who joined the department in May 1999, was the only representative from Michigan to be recognized.

“I know I speak on behalf of everybody at MDARD and anybody else who has had the privilege of working with Brad when I say there is nobody more deserving of this recognition,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “In addition to the decades of institutional knowledge and experience Brad brings to the table, he is a meticulous individual and a respected leader who has helped lift the department to an elite level of emergency preparedness. MDARD and the State of Michigan are very fortunate to have Brad working on our behalf every single day.”

The Partnership for Food Safety Education delivers trusted, science-based behavioral health messaging and a network of resources that support consumers in their efforts to reduce risk of foodborne illness. They work with an active network of 13,000 health and food safety educators and support them by making their work more visible, collaborative, and effective.

To find out more about the Fight Bac! Partnership for Food Safety Education, visit their website at For more about the 2020 Food Safety Heroes, visit


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