The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced this year’s competitive grant cycle for the county fairs to make building and other capital improvements to their fairground facilities. Click here to find out more information including guidelines and application. Applications are due March 17, 2023.
Materials to file fair year end of year reports for 2022 are now available. Click here to view all the documents in Google Drive. (to download a document, click on it and then select the arrow in the top right hand side)
Please have these completed and returned to Michael Hetherington, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, PO Box 30017, Lansing Mi 48909.
Below is the link to the 2022 letter from Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Director Gary McDowell. All fairs should feel free to use this for their communication efforts.
Please note, we do not have a Governor’s letter for 2022.
Materials to file fair end of year reports for 2020 are now available. Click here to view all the documents in Google Drive. (to download a document, click on it and then select the arrow in the top right hand side)
If you have questions please contact Cinda Karlik at 517-290-8114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the 2020 fair and exhibition season, MDARD will continue its policy of distributing official swine ID NUES tags to fairs, free of charge, for use with exhibition swine. Swine tags can still be ordered over the phone or through email; however, we encourage fairs to place their orders by December 16, 2019. Fairs that have ordered their tags can pick them up on January 9-10 in the MDARD Resource Center at the annual MAFE convention in Grand Rapids.
Please be sure to read the guidelines carefully before applying. A few things to note are:
- The capital improvement program provides additional funds for county […]
The Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions works closely with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to communication the proper USDA identification requirements for animals at exhibitions. Please visit the Animal Industry site here for resources on animal identification. Please contact the office of Dr. James Averill – State Veterinarian and Director, Animal Industry Division 800-292-3939 if you have specific questions.
Michigan Poultry Exhibition and Swap Meet Ban Lifted
For immediate release: December 23, 2015
Media contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724
LANSING – Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development lifted the statewide ban on poultry exhibitions. MDARD implemented the ban as a precautionary measure in June 2015 in response to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak happening across the U.S.
MDARD evaluated the disease risk and current national status and decided it’s appropriate to lift the […]
On June 1, 2015, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) issued a statement cancelling all poultry shows and exhibitions held in Michigan as a precaution against the spread of avian influenza.