LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed March as Michigan Food and Agriculture Month to honor and celebrate Michigan’s farmers, the diversity of products grown and processed in our state, and the partnerships that keep our food and agriculture industry thriving.
Michigan’s wide array of crops, fresh water supply, unique geographic location, rich and varied soil types, various microclimates created by the state’s proximity to the Great Lakes, and our dedicated producers and processors make Michigan the ideal location for food and agriculture businesses.
“Michigan’s food and agriculture industry is a national powerhouse,” said Gov. Whitmer. “It is responsible for 805,000 jobs and contributes over $104 billion to our state’s economy. With more than $1.8 billion in export sales annually, nations across the globe buy our products for their quality and safety. Many of our wines, beers, and spirits are rated the best in the United States, and innovators and entrepreneurs continue choosing Michigan for their operations. In March, we recognize every person and business that makes Michigan’s food and ag industry what it is today.”
Throughout Michigan Food and Agriculture Month, MDARD will partner with Michigan Farm Bureau, MSU Extension, commodity organizations, McDonald’s/Seyferth PR, MSU Product Center, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, and others to highlight the various facets of the state’s food and agriculture sector.
“Most events and activities for this year’s Michigan Food and Agriculture Month will be offered virtually due to the pandemic, but there will be many opportunities to learn more about how the food and agriculture industry impacts and improves the lives of each of us,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “Throughout the entire month of March, you’ll see posts on our social media channels featuring Michigan crops, Michigan food and agriculture businesses, and MDARD employees who help support and grow our industry. We will also highlight nutrition tips to celebrate National Nutrition Month, and safety information for our farmers and businesses during Severe Weather Preparedness Week.”
Some of the highlights during the month:
Throughout the Month: Agriculture and Natural Resources Week at Michigan State University, featuring virtual learning opportunities, events and activities for farmers and other people interested in agricultural and natural resources activities in Michigan.
March 1-7: Weights and Measures Week, commemorating President John Adams’ signing of the first U.S. weights and measures law on March 2, 1799; and celebrating the work MDARD Weights and Measures staff does year-round to protect consumers and ensure they get what they pay for when items are sold by weight or volume.
March 9: Official unveiling of the 2021 Michigan Agriculture magazine. The magazine highlights partnerships, innovations, and technologies used in the food and agriculture sector. This year’s edition will be available at Michigan Welcome Centers and ag-related events across the state, through Michigan State University Extension, and at Conservation District offices.
March 24: Celebration of National Agriculture Day commemorating the industry’s contributions to our nation.
— Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
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