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PHOTO RELEASE: MDARD Director Tim Boring Discusses Significance of Michigan's Food & Agriculture Presence Internationally at U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Heartland Summit 2023

Detroit, MI - Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Tim Boring and Michigan Agri-Business Association President Chuck Lippstreu presented at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s (USGLC) Heartland Summit 2023 held in Detroit to discuss how vital Michigan’s food and agriculture sector is on a domestic and international scale. 

"Michigan's food and agriculture industry set records again in 2022 for exports, underscoring the strength of our industry internationally and our stake in global progress, said MDARD Director Tim Boring. "Governor Whitmer's proposed budget is yet another example of the intention to set an international standard for agricultural climate resiliency in action. At MDARD, we continue to take actions to help ensure that 'Made in Michigan' is recognized worldwide and known as a leader in tomorrow's agriculture."

"Michigan agriculture is a key pillar of our state's economy, and agricultural exports from Michigan benefit businesses and communities statewide," said Michigan Agri-Business Association President Chuck Lippstreu. "Cross-border engagement, partnership and commerce are critical for success in today's interconnected economy. We were pleased to join this year's Heartland Summit to spotlight Michigan agriculture's strong global footprint and underscore our support for federal diplomatic and commercial investments to keep growing agricultural trade."

USGLC’s third annual Heartland Summit focused on how strategic investments in agriculture and global development are creating jobs at home and abroad, feeding the hungry, and keeping Americans safe – showcasing what America’s role in the world is worth to communities across America’s heartland.

Michigan’s food, agriculture, and forest products exports experienced an eight percent year-over-year growth for 2022 beating its own record from the year before. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Michigan’s food and agriculture exports totaled $2.7 billion in 2022.

Michigan consistently ranks as one of the most agriculturally diverse states in the nation resulting in a wide array of exported products ranging from bulk soybeans to dried fruit, pickles, and baked goods. Demand for these high-quality, dependable products continues to grow in local markets, online retailers, and supercenters across the globe.