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PHOTO RELEASE: MDARD Director Tim Boring Kicks Off 2024 Food and Agriculture Tours; Continues 'Talk with Tim' Sessions on Regenerative Agriculture, Supply Chain Resiliency in Michigan’s Agriculture Sector

Boring visited Washtenaw Food Hub, a co-located food and farm business in Ann Arbor

Chelsea, MI - Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Tim Boring held a ‘Talk with Tim’ roundtable on regenerative agriculture practices, supply chain resiliency, and specialty crop block diversity within Michigan’s growing food and agriculture sector.

“Michigan’s food and agriculture businesses continue to experience increasing growth and new opportunities. As a department, we aim to respond to the real-time needs and challenges facing our growers, producers, and local businesses,” said Director Boring. “These conversations, which will be hosted across Michigan, ensure local, state, and national partners can work together better to continue to show why Michigan is the destination for the food and agriculture industry.”   

Additionally, Director Boring began his food and agriculture tours for 2024 at the Washtenaw Food Hub (WFH). WFH is focused on cultivating a community of triple-bottom businesses, a model for regional sustainability and self-sufficiency. The structure features three commercial kitchens: The Brinery, Raterman Bread, and Ginger Deli. The kitchens include local food storage, access to distribution, retail, and wholesale. Additionally, WFH is implementing education and research on sustainable agriculture and agro-ecology principles.

“The Washtenaw Food Hub is a prime example of a local organization bringing a community together through food and agriculture while strengthening our local food systems,” said Boring. “I'm looking forward to meeting with local food and agriculture businesses throughout this year to hear directly from the people on the ground on how the department could help them be successful in Michigan."      

Throughout 2024, Director Boring and MDARD staff will continue to meet with Michigan’s food and agriculture businesses to discuss how they can continue to succeed and how the department can best assist their continuous growth and expansion.