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MDARD Announces 2024 'Ag Exporter of the Year' Application Period Now Open

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29th, 2024

LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Michigan ‘Ag Exporter of the Year’. MDARD annually recognizes a food, agriculture, or forestry exporting business that demonstrates success in export growth.

Eligibility is limited to Michigan agriculture, food, and forest products producers, manufacturers, or shippers that are actively pursuing international markets. Products must be over 50% grown, processed, or manufactured in Michigan. Companies of all sizes are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29th, 2024.

"Michigan has become a destination for the food and agriculture sector because of expanding market opportunities and economic investments. When businesses are thriving in Michigan, we want to uplift their success," said MDARD Director Tim Boring. "The Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award recognizes a company reaching outstanding achievements through exporting. MDARD is proud to work with companies to grow our global footprint, and I would encourage companies from across the state to apply!"

The first Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year was presented in 2006 and a company has been given the award each year since. The award was presented to Zeeland Farm Service in 2023. Other previous winners include Citizens Elevator, Kamps Hardwoods, Sklarczyk Seed Farm, Dr. John’s Candies, Bayside Best Beans, Star of the West Milling, Continental Dairy, Connor Sports, Graceland Fruit, Cherry Central, Zeeland Farm Service, Walters Gardens, Honee Bear Canning, Cooperative Elevator Company, and Michigan Apple.

For more information and an application, visit MDARD - Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year Award.


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