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PHOTO RELEASE: MDARD Director Tim Boring Joins Governor Whitmer in the Upper Peninsula to Meet with Local Food and Agriculture Businesses and Highlight ‘Make it in Michigan’ Budget, Expanding Economic Opportunities

Marquette, MI – This week, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Tim Boring joined Governor Whitmer in the Upper Peninsula to attend the Michigan Economic Developers Association Conference, tour local food and agriculture businesses, and discuss how the ‘Make it in Michigan’ budget will help Michigan’s expanding food and agricultural sector. 

“The Upper Peninsula is a distinctive component of Michigan’s food and agricultural makeup. This area features unique soil makeup allowing for crop diversity, direct access to inputs and different economic markets, and a true sense of community,” said MDARD Director Boring. “Governor Whitmer’s bipartisan budget reinforces those commitments to support economic development, environmental sustainability, and bolstering our supply chains across Michigan. This commitment to our rural and urban communities works to ensure everyone in Michigan, regardless of zip code, can make it in Michigan.”

Throughout the week, Boring attended the Michigan Economic Developers Association Conference, participated in a roundtable discussion around farm and agricultural diversity, and toured Jilbert Dairy, Ore Dock Brewing Company, and the UP State Fair.

Since 1937, Jilbert Dairy has brought the finest quality dairy products to families throughout the Upper Peninsula. Jilbert's products include milk, flavored milk, cream, teas, and juice nourishing consumers for generations. From the original Jilbert farm in Lake Linden to their current location in Marquette, Jilbert Dairy has been the UP's dairy for decades. When Jilbert's opened back in 1937, they were processing 10,000 lbs. of milk per month. Today, they currently process over 4 million lbs. per month.

Ore Dock Brewing Company (ODBC) started in the summer of 2009 and officially opened its doors and taps in May of 2012. Traditional processes and premium ingredients are the blueprint of each beer crafted. ODBC defines themselves by uniquely meeting standards set forth over centuries and within frameworks of traditional style.  Their goal has continuously been two-fold: to craft great beer and help craft a great community. Historically, breweries have always played a central role within their communities. They strive to reclaim that idea here in Marquette.

Since 2010, the UP State Fair has been operating independently of State funding and our emergence as Michigan’s only State Fair. Since 1928, the UP State Fair has provided a place for folks from across the nation to experience and celebrate the unique culture and heritage of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It remains as unique and wonderful as the people and places found across this marvelous peninsula.

With the goal to connect consumers with producers of agricultural products. The fair supports programs, facilities and competitions to enhance this connection during the fair and all other times.