The Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Board was abolished and the legislative authority transferred to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD), effective July 15, 2007.
The Rural Development Fund Board, housed in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, has oversight of the Rural Development Fund. The Board is charged with advising the Department on how to distribute tax revenue collected from mines to improve and strengthen local communities.
The Pesticide Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed to consult and advise the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture on issues concerning the use of pesticides in the state of Michigan. The Committee is established under the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451, Part 83,
The Fertilizer Research Advisory Committee consists of 12 members appointed by the MDARD Director that will advise the Director on fertilizer research necessary to ensure the adoption and implementation of practices that optimize nutrient use efficiency, ensure soil fertility, and address environmental concerns with regards to fertilizer use.
The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council is a 10-member Council established by the Legislature to promote Michigan's wine and wine grape-growing industries. New wineries are starting up in Michigan every year, wine grape acreage continues to grow, sales of Michigan wines are increasing, and the reputation of Michigan as a world-class wine region is gaining more national and international attention.
The Horse Racing Advisory Commission was created within the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish procedures governing the operation and promotion of horse racing in this state, and make recommendations to the legislature that would improve the regulatory structure of horse racing with a goal of maintaining its long‑term viability in Michigan.
The ICC Michigan Food Policy Workgroup under the Rural Development Subcommittee will align food policy efforts with those from other areas and create a structure that is sustainable, eliminates redundancy, and has the greatest opportunity to improve state agency and stakeholder food policy coordination. The ICC Michigan Food Policy Workgroup will continue to focus on making a difference for those who rely on safe, abundant and accessible food, and to those who make a living in Michigan’s food and agriculture sector.