MDARD to Hold Regional Meetings on The Food and Agriculture Strategic Growth Initiative

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) would like to take this time to make you aware of an exciting opportunity.  The Food and Agriculture Strategic Growth Initiative is an outcome of the Governor’s Summit on Production Agriculture held in August 2011 and is in response to the recommendations from the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Agricultural Processing.


The initiative will use a competitive grant process to fund research, education, and technical assistance efforts focused on removing barriers and leveraging opportunities identified by processors, agri-business, and those in agricultural production as critical to business development and growth.


MDARD is hosting six meetings across the state to inform industry leaders, partners and interested persons such as you, about the grant process and goals.


Regional Meetings

Monday 5/6/13, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: Alpine Center Complex, 800 Livingston Blvd., Gaylord


Tuesday 5/7/13, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: Peter White Public Library, 217 North Front Street, Marquette


Wednesday 5/8/13, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: MSU Office, 1 Tuscola Street #100, Saginaw


Thursday 5/9/13, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: The Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St., Detroit


Tuesday 5/14/13, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location:  Kalamazoo RESA, 1819 E. Milham Ave., Portage


Thursday 5/16/13, Grand Rapids (at Food Summit)

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 E. Beltline, NW, Grand Rapids