Michigan Agriculture

  • Michigan Agriculture

    Michigan Agriculture

    Michigan agriculture is homemade wholesome goodness. With over 300 varieties of food grown and raised on family farms, more tables are serving up our favorite meats, dairy and produce from over ten million acres throughout the state. Pure Michigan's agriculture contributes over 90 billion dollars to our state's economy, and employs over a million of our neighbors.

  • Pure Michigan agriculture is all around us.


    Rolling fields of corn, wheat and soybeans, coupled with barns of chickens, pigs and cattle, all add to Michigan's scenic and culinary landscape -- and remind us of our rich and vital farming heritage. 98% of Michigan farms are owned by families just like yours, with a tradition and dedication to quality food production, caring for the land and animals, and a commitment to a green future. There's nothing like snacking on a crisp autumn apple, enjoying a lush pear, carving a craggy face on a Halloween pumpkin, or enjoy grilling juicy steaks and pork chops on a fall afternoon. The seasons may fade, but Michigan agriculture is enduring - taste the Pure Michigan difference.

  • General Agriculture Facts
    • Michigan farmers grow and raise more than 300 varieties of food/commodities.
    • 98% of Michigan farms are family owned.
    • Michigan agriculture contributes $91.4 billion dollars to the state's economy.
    • Michigan's agriculture industry employs 923,000 people.
    Foodie Central
    Are you a Michigan Foodie? Care about where your food comes from? Stop by the Michigan Ag Council website for Michigan recipes, stories from Michigan, Michigan food info, farm facts, and tips and trends for foodies
    Breakfast on the Farm
    Ever wonder where your food comes from? Breakfast on the Farm lets you meet everyday farmers, tour the farm and enjoy a locally grown breakfast. You’ll learn how cows are milked, pet a calf, take wagon rides, see tractors and more! It’s fun and educational for the entire family.
    Pure Michigan Apples
    Michigan is the third-largest producer of apples in the nation. With more than 20 different varieties of Michigan Apples produced commercially, you're sure to find an easy favorite. Most Michigan apple orchards are less than 200 acres and many have been in the family for several generations. Join the conversation on Facebook and get recipes, upcoming events and more.
    Where's the Beef?
    Approximately 12,000 family farms in nearly every county in Michigan raise beef cattle. Meet some of our beef farm families and hear their stories. Check out the Cook’s Corner for delicious new recipes and use our nutrition facts to help you make healthy choices.
    Got Michigan Milk?
    Have you ever wondered where the milk you pour for your family comes from? The fresh, naturally nutritious milk comes from a local dairy farm only miles from home. Three servings of low-fat or fat-free, nutrient-rich dairy foods every day plays a crucial role in helping to promote bone health, healthy blood pressure and weight. Check out these Michigan dairy facts. 
    Pork: The Other White Meat
    Michigan’s pork producers have a long history of responsible pork production, there is no higher quality, safer pork anywhere. Today’s pork producers are leaders in the use of responsible practices that benefit the environment, the animals, their communities and provide you with a safe, nutritious, wholesome food.
    Put a Little Michigan Soy in Your Life!
    Looking for a way to make meal times healthier while still keeping your family happy, you may want to give soy foods a chance. Packed with high quality protein, these foods will keep your family energized and satisfied. With soyfoods you'll enjoy fewer calories, less saturated fat and no cholesterol! Learn more about our Michigan soybean farmers. 
    Versatile, Abundant Michigan Corn
    Michigan Corn growers continue to be on the cutting edge of agriculture practices today, while looking to tomorrow by sponsoring corn-related research to develop new markets and uses. Less than 15 years ago, eco-friendly ethanol had little impact on America reaching its goal of energy independence. In 2011, the ethanol industry eliminated the need for 485 million barrels of oil and added more than $30 billion to U.S. household income.
    Nothing Beats Michigan Blueberries
    When you think Pure Michigan, think Blueberries, Naturipe® brand blueberries. The Blueberry People was formed in 1936 as the Michigan Blueberry Growers Association by the original blueberry pioneers in the state. Those same family farmers and their children continue the tradition of delivering the healthiest, best tasting blueberries you can buy.
    Michigan Farm Markets
    Michigan Farm Markets are supplied by some of the best growers in Michigan. Find locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads and fresh cut flowers along with many other local produce and foods to choose from. Shop your local local Farm Market and buy directly from the farmers who grew it.
    Michigan's Voice of Agriculture
    Michigan produces more than 300 agricultural commodities and leads the nation in the production of nearly 20 commodities, ranging from tart cherries and cucumbers for pickles to dry black beans and many varieties of flowers including geraniums and petunias. The Michigan Farm Bureau is dedicated to agricultural education with online games at My American Farm and recommended reading, including “How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food.”
    Michigan Family Farms
    Michigan's farmers are some of the hardest working producers in the country. Michigan is home to more than 300 commodities and one million agricultural jobs. Additionally, the state's agricultural industry produces a $96 billion economic impact annually on Michigan's economy.