Boards and Councils
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 Michigan Craft Beverage Council is a 10-member, governor-appointed board that is advisory to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Craft Beverage Council was established within MDARD to provide for research into Michigan agricultural products, such as fruits, hops and barley, that are used in the production of Michigan wine, cider, beer, spirits and mixed spirit drinks. The Michigan Craft Beverage Council may also take actions that will enhance the marketing and promotion of Michigan agricultural products, such as fruits, hops and barley, that are used in the production of Michigan craft beverages.
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 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 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 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.