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From Michigan to the World

Baskets of vegetables

Why Michigan

Why Select Michigan Products for Export?

Your Top Choice for Safe, High-Quality, and Healthy Food Ingredients

Michigan’s many microclimates, healthy soils, and abundant water resources cultivate high-quality agriculture products.

Our rigorous and consistent state regulatory systems ensure the safest, most wholesome products are safe for consumption and delivered to the global marketplace.

Michigan is one of the most agriculturally diverse states in the United States, and is the national leading producer of tart cherries, asparagus, pickling cucumbers, black beans, and more.

Our products are in high demand internationally. More than 60 percent of Michigan’s agricultural exports go directly to Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea.


Michigan generates more than $2.7 billion in food and agricultural exports.

Top Exported Products

  • Processed Food Products: $925 million
  • Soybean Residue, Brewing Waste & Animal Feed: $710 million
  • Dairy Products: $542 million
  • Wood Products: $466 million
  • Meat & Offal: $458 million
More than 2,100 licensed food processors are located in Michigan, generating $30 billion in annual economic activity.

Economic Value of Production

Michigan’s food and agriculture industry is flourishing with opportunity. Michigan’s dynamic food and agriculture system generates $104.7 billion in economic activity. With strong public and private investment, the nation’s second most diverse commercial crop base, and an extremely diversified portfolio for food processing, the food and agriculture industry will continue to drive Michigan’s economic development.


Total Farms in Michigan: 45,581

Field with rows of crops

More than 9.4 million acres are under cultivation.

Michigan agriculture accounts for more than 17% employment

Michigan’s food and agriculture system accounts for more than 17% of the state’s employment.

95% of farms are family or individually owned

95% of Michigan farms are family or individually owned.


Michigan is one of the most agriculturally diverse states in the U.S.

$104.7 billion annually contributed to the economy by Michigan agriculture

Michigan’s food and agriculture industry contributes $104.7 billion to the state’s economy annually.

Leading National Agriculture Commodities

We’re in the Top 10!

Michigan leads the nation in the production of 15 commodities. Michigan also ranks in the top 10 for 38 commodities.

  • #1 in the nation in Asparagus, Begonias, Cucumbers, Dry Black Beans, Dry Cranberry Beans, Dry Navy Beans, Dry Small Red Beans, Geranium Cuttings, Hardy Chrysanthemums, Impatients, Marigolds, New Guinea Impatients, Petunias, Squash, Tart Cherries
  • #2 in the nation in Apples, Dry Beans (all), Dry Light-Red Kidney Beans, Easter Lilies, Hostas, Pansies/Violas, Vinca
  • #3 in the nation in Alfalfa Haylage and Greenchop, Snap Beans
  • #4 in the nation in Pumpkins, Sugar Beets
  • #5 in the nation in Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Maple Syrup
  • #6 in the nation in Cabbage, Corn Silage, Milk, Poinsettias
  • #7 in the nation in Egg Production, Peaches
  • #9 in the nation in Honey, Potatoes
  • #10 in the nation in Oats