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The Agriculture Development Division delivers expertise and leadership to support economic prosperity in Michigan's food and agriculture sector through industry focused economic development, export assistance, and grant management. The division also provides executive support for the Craft Beverage Council and serves as the liaison with Michigan's many agriculture commodity groups.
The Animal Industry Division is responsible for programs to control and eradicate reportable, contagious, infectious, and communicable diseases of livestock, poultry, aquaculture, equine and companion animals; controlling contamination from toxic substances; enforcing and supporting the humane treatment of animals; and promoting Michigan animal industries.
The Environmental Stewardship Division provides migrant labor housing inspections, conflict resolution through the Right to Farm program, assistance and support to soil conservation districts, drain commissioners, and other land users, enabling them to carry out programs that maintain economically viable and environmentally friendly land uses.
The Executive Office is responsible for policy development, strategic planning, daily operations, and more. The following department functions also fall under the Executive Office: budget; emergency management; FOIA; Office of Legal Affairs; Legislative Liaison; Communications; Office of Organizational Innovation (encompassing IT support, performance management, and safety).
The Food and Dairy Division administers programs that enforce laws and regulations governing the safety and wholesomeness of food and food products; responds to food safety complaints, recalls, and food emergencies; serves as a key link in the federal-state-local food safety system; assists in the food safety education of consumers, regulators, and industry; and assures the interstate movement of milk and dairy products.
The Laboratory Division helps safeguard consumers every day - whether it be at the gas pump or ensuring our food is pathogen free. As part of MDARD's regulatory programs, the Lab: tests for various food and feed pathogens, provides diagnostic testing, regulates the sale and quality of motor fuel, prevents economic fraud by looking for credit card skimmers, and ensures packages contain the amount of product they claim including labeling and advertising. Their efforts continue to protect public health, preserve the integrity of the food safety net, and ensure consumers are safe at the pump.
The Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division administers programs to prevent the introduction of invasive pests and plant diseases; the adulteration of animal food, unsanitary grain storage facilities, and misuse of pesticides; and provides assurance that animal feeds, fertilizers, and pesticides are registered and accurately labeled. PPPMD provides grading, inspection and certification of a variety of commodities including nursery stock, fruits and vegetables.