MDARD accepting applications for annual 'Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year' award

Applications due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16

For immediate release: February 24, 2021
Media contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-331-1151
Program contact: Donna LaCourt, 517-614-5518

LANSING, MI - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is now accepting applications for its annual "Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year" award. Each year, MDARD recognizes a leading food or agriculture exporter for its efforts to increase exports of Michigan food and agriculture products. Applicants may also be considered for the "Rising Star" award, which is reserved for new companies or companies new to exporting.

Companies of all sizes are encouraged to apply. Eligibility is limited to Michigan food and agriculture producers, manufacturers, or shippers that are aggressively pursuing international markets and increasing export sales. Products must be more than 50 percent grown, processed, or manufactured in Michigan.

The winner of the award is selected by international trade industry representatives based on export growth, innovation, and the pursuit of new export markets.

The award was first awarded in 2006. Previous winners include Kamps Hardwoods, Sklarczyk Seed Farm, Dr. John's Candies, Bayside Best Beans, Star of the West Milling, Continental Dairy, Connor Sports, Graceland Fruit, Cherry Central, Zeeland Farm Service, Walters Gardens, Honee Bear Canning, Cooperative Elevator Company, and Michigan Apple Committee.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021.

For more information and an application, visit the Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award webpage or contact Donna LaCourt at 517-614-5518.

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