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Nominations for the award must be received by Monday, March 12, 2012. Self-nominations from companies are encouraged.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture

Contact: Heather Throne at 517-373-1085

 

Michigan Exporter of the Year Applications Are Being Accepted


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) began accepting applications today for the Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year Award. The award designates a Michigan company on the basis of its application as the company who is most strongly pursuing international markets and working to increase export sales.

"Our state’s food and agriculture companies are producing innovative products showcasing the diversity and quality of our commodities while delivering safe and healthy products to both the domestic and international markets,” said Keith Creagh, MDARD director. “Michigan’s high quality agricultural and food products are helping our state compete in the global marketplace and expand into new trade markets."

Michigan has a growing food and agriculture export industry, and the Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year award recognizes those companies making sustained, significant contributions to that growth. Michigan’s agricultural exports reached $1.75 billion in 2010, increasing more than 10 percent from 2009.

To be eligible for the award, a company’s products must be over 50 percent grown, processed, or manufactured in Michigan. Any company with products meeting those qualifications is invited to apply on the basis of their Michigan production facilities. Companies which have received the award in the past; and that have continued to expand into new markets or increase export sales, are invited to apply five years following their initial award.

The Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year application requests information about a company’s international marketing activities and export history as well as growth in exports for the past year.

Last year, the Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year was awarded to Cherry Central, Inc., of Traverse City. Cherry Central was recognized for continued growth in export sales to a wide swathe of countries, even after many years of export success.

Cherry Central President Richard Bogard said, “This award helped strengthen and expand our export business and also showed the seriousness, importance and viability of Cherry Central to our export customers.”

Nominations for the award must be received by Monday, March 12, 2012. Self-nominations from companies are encouraged. A panel of various representatives will review applications and present recommendations to the MDARD Director for a final selection. The top exporter will be recognized at an event to be announced at a later date.

For more information, please contact Jamie Zmitko-Somers, MDARD’s International Marketing Program manager, at (517) 241-3628 or zmitkoj@michigan.gov. Please visit www.michigan.gov/agexport for a copy of the application.