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VIDEO RELEASE: MDARD Director Tim Boring Affirms Commitment to Michigan’s Food and Agriculture Businesses

Throughout the year, Boring toured several food & agricultural businesses across Michigan

LANSING, Mich – Michigan’s food and agriculture industry continues to be a prime area for job growth and investment. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Tim Boring, along with members of MDARD leadership, met with food and agriculture businesses in over 20 cities across Michigan to learn how MDARD can best MDARD assist in their development and economic advancement within the state’s growing food and agriculture industry over the course of the year.   

“Coming from a six-generation farmer, I understand the importance of meeting people within the food and agriculture where they are and creating those connections, which is why, as director of MDARD, it’s a top priority to meet with our food and agriculture business owners all across Michigan,” said Director Boring. “My goal is to hear directly from the people on the ground on how the department could help them make it in Michigan.” 

Boring visited several types of businesses including Michigan Freeze Pack, a multi-generational family company committed to providing the highest quality frozen vegetables, Farmhaus Cider Co., a cidery startup by two new Michigan entrepreneurs, Tannenbaum Farms in Mason, a farm established in 1978, and the largest historic public market district in the United States, Eastern Market, in Detroit. Many businesses Director Boring visited in 2023 focused on implementing sustainable practices to combat climate change, allowing them to become more competitive while creating good-paying jobs.

“Michigan is a destination for food and agriculture opportunities,” added Boring. “Governor Whitmer has made her commitment to our industry clear through her bi-partisan budget and policies, like making Michigan the best state in the Midwest for climate action. The governor’s bold policies protect Michigan’s environment and freshwater while allowing businesses to play a key part in reaching Michigan’s climate goals. I'm incredibly optimistic about the future of food and agriculture here in Michigan."  

In 2024, MDARD will continue to meet with Michigan’s food and agriculture businesses.

Watch MDARD's 2023 recap video below.