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MDARD Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Public Input Opportunity

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced a public input opportunity for the Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The deadline for...

New MDARD Emergency Rule Extends Pesticide Applicator Credentials Until December 2020

An emergency rule filed by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell extends pesticide applicator credentials with an expiration date...

Invasive mile-a-minute weed found in Calhoun County

The Michigan departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development recently confirmed the presence of invasive mile-a-minute weed (Persicaria perfoliata) at Albion College’s...

MDARD Grants Will Grow Food, Agriculture Industry, Create Jobs, Increase Demand...

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development approved three Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grants totaling $293,500. These performance-based grants will leverage approximately...

MDARD Announces Grant Opportunity for Counties, Townships with Qualified Farmland Preservation...

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Agricultural Preservation Fund Board (APFB) have announced a grant opportunity for 24 of...

USDA Approves Michigan’s Industrial Hemp State Plan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) received federal approval of the state’s Industrial Hemp Plan. This plan establishes regulatory requirements for...

MDARD Releases Michigan Dry Bean Stocks Report

Commercial elevators in Michigan held 608,477 hundredweight (cwt.) of dry beans in storage as of August 31, 2020, according to Michigan Department of Agriculture...

Ag Commission, MDARD Seeking Public Input on Ag Management Practices

On Tuesday, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced the annual review...

Funds Still Available for Farms, Agricultural Processors to Help Support COVID-19...

Applications for grant funds are still available through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant and the MEDC Small Farm Safety Grant...

MDARD to Consumers: What To Do If You Receive Unsolicited Packages...

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) continues to receive multiple reports of consumers receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail...

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