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MDARD Accepting Input for 2020 Rural Development Fund Rules
Michigan Ag Connection - 05/14/2019

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is now accepting public input regarding the 2020 Rural Development Fund Grants.

The grant funds, made possible through Public Act 411 of 2012, are intended to promote the sustainability of land-based industries (food and agriculture; forestry; mining, oil and gas production; and tourism) and support workforce training, rural capacity building, business development, and infrastructure that benefits rural communities.

Eligible counties include those with a population no greater than 60,000 residents or micropolitan statistical areas. Preference is given to projects in Marquette County.

Public input is sought to help ensure effective program priorities. Those wishing to submit comments must email them to by 5 p.m. on June 14. The input received will be considered when developing final grant guidelines for 2020.

For more information about the grants and to review the 2019 guidelines, visit

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