Freedom of Information Act Process for Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), MCL 15.231 et seq, provides that certain persons can receive copies or make inspections of most public records of public bodies upon written request. The person must sufficiently describe the records he or she seeks. The public body may charge a fee to cover the cost of complying with a person’s FOIA request.

FOIA requests directed to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development can be sent by email or mail to:

Email: MDA-Info@Michigan.gov

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Attn. FOIA Coordinator
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, MI  48909

Requests should include a name, phone number, and mailing address.

You may download a request form; however a request form is not required to submit a request.

View the Department's written procedures and guidelines.

Transparency Liaison

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Directive No. 2019-11, states that each department or autonomous agency is required to designate a transparency liaison that shall do the following:

  1. Assist members of the public seeking a public record from the department or agency in navigating the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act or other law applicable to public records, including by providing educational materials on the website of the department or agency.
  2. Assist members of the public seeking to participate in a public meeting held by a board or commission within the department or agency in a manner that complies with the Open Meetings Act, including by providing educational materials on the website.
  3. Make recommendations to the department and agency for compliance with this directive, to reduce costs relating to public records requests, and to encourage greater transparency.
  4. Advocate for the disclosure of public records quickly and in a cost-efficient manner.
  5. Advocate for transparency and procedures that encourage public participation in public meetings.
  6. Consult with the department or agency’s Freedom of Information Act coordinator regarding compliance with this directive and the Freedom of Information Act.
  7. Recommend changes to the department’s or agency’s procedures and guidelines and written public summary of the procedures and guidelines for the department under section 4 of the Freedom of Information Act, MCL 15.234.

In compliance with the Executive Directive, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Transparency Liaison is Nathan Kark.

Nathan Kark
Transparency Liaison
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909
517-284-5720
Fax: 517-335-1423