Welcome to the MDARD
Website. How Can We Help You Today?
Our agency takes a customer-driven,
solution-oriented approach when working with food and agricultural based
businesses in Michigan. The department helps cultivate and expand new
economic opportunities for the food and agriculture sector; safeguards
the public's food supply; inspects and enforces sound animal health
practices; control and eradication of plant pest and diseases
threatening the $71.3 billion agriculture industry; preserves the
environment by which the farming community makes their living and feeds
consumers; and also protects consumers by enforcing laws relating to
weights and measures.
Our goal with this website is to help you find the information you
are looking for as quickly as possible. At the right are some Quick
Links to the more popular sections of our site like
Food Recalls, or a guide to
How to Start Your Business. On the left hand side are major
categories where you will find most of the information on our site.
Across the site at the top of every page are links to
MDARD Public Meeting Notices,
Online Services, a
Sitemap, and how to
Are you a Michigan Consumer, looking for information about:
Cottage Food; the
Pesticide Notification Registry;
Animal Licensing or
Bringing Animals Into Michigan;
Food Recalls (you can also sign up for notifications); an
FAQ about Michigan Farmers Markets; or
Finding a Licensed Business in Michigan?
Are you a Michigan Farmer, trying to locate information about:
GAAMPs/Right to Farm; getting a
Livestock Dealer License; or other
MDARD Online Services?
Are you a Michigan Business . . . or looking to start one? You
may be interested in:
Licensing; obtaining a
Food Service License; getting a
Food Establishment License; sitting for a
Certification test; looking up
a list of Registered Service Persons; learning what it takes to be
licensed as an
Animal Control Officer;
Animal Feed Licensing; locating
Plan Review Resources;
a Licensed Business in Michigan; or getting your
Food Manager Certification.
Are you a Regulator in the state, looking for information on:
Licensing; the latest update to the
Food Law; or learning
Food Safety for Regulators?
If you still canít find what you are looking for, please visit our
Tips for Navigating the MDARD Website, which will help guide you
through the various ways to find information on our site.
Food Safety Modernization - The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our nation's food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. FSMA aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
Click here for details.
MDARD to Host Michigan Pavilions at 2013 Michigan Grocers Association and Michigan Restaurant Association Shows - The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) will host Michigan pavilions at this year’s Michigan Grocers Association (MGA) and Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) shows. Deadline for reserving booth space is Friday, June 14, 2013.
Complete details here
Michigan Meat Processing Variance Training -
Michigan’s food law requires licensed food establishments that conduct specialized meat processing for retail sales to obtain a variance, which includes a food safety plan. All specialized meat processors will need to complete a food safety plan and have their variance approved by March 1, 2015. Newly licensed processors must obtain the variance upon licensing. For more information and upcoming training opportunities, click here.
Looking to Grow or Promote Your Michigan-made Products? You Need the New "MDARD Marketing Guide" - "Growing Michigan's Future: A Guide to Marketing Your Michigan Food and Agriculture Products" is a 117 page document updated in 2012 that provides guidance to farmers and food processors for marketing their products. State regulatory requirements are also included in this downloadable document.
Updated Information for Michigan's Cottage Food Law
File a Complaint with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development