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Michigan Foundation for Agriculture

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Our Vision: A World Where Agriculture is Valued by Everyone

The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture (MFA) envisions a future where agriculture is not just understood by those who benefit from it but celebrated. Since our establishment in 2009, we have been committed to positively contributing to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming. We understand the importance of the farm to food connection.

Our Mission: Leadership to Grow Michigan's Farm and Food Connection

Our mission is to provide leadership in cultivating a strong connection between Michigan's farms and the people our farmers serve through educational initiatives, agricultural literacy programs, and hunger relief efforts. We strive to create a world where agriculture is valued by everyone.

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Donations to the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture are deductible as charitable contributions, to the extent provided by law.

Who We Are

At the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, we understand the importance of the farm to food connection. We are passionate about the future of agriculture in Michigan. Established in 2009 by the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) board of directors, MFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a singular purpose: to positively contribute to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.

Rooted in the rich soil of Michigan's farming traditions, MFA has been a beacon of growth, education, and community building. As an integral part of the Michigan Farm Bureau, we draw strength from the deep agricultural roots that have shaped our state: we look forward to a blossoming future where agriculture is understood by everyone.

Our mission is clear: Leadership to Grow Michigan's Farm to Food Connection. We believe that by fostering leadership and education, we can strengthen the vital connection between farms and communities. Through strategic initiatives, collaborative partnerships, and unwavering dedication, MFA strives to make agriculture a cornerstone of Michigan's identity.

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Why We Do It

At the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture (MFA), we are dedicated to connecting Michigan's farms with the broader community because we believe in the vital role of agriculture. Our efforts aim to make a significant impact on Michigan's agricultural landscape and the lives it touches.

We strive to help everyone understand and engage with farming through our agricultural literacy initiatives. By educating the public on where their food comes from, we build a more informed and connected society. With 66% of Michigan's citizens not having visited a farm in the last seven years, bridging the gap between farm and table is crucial.

The future of Michigan agriculture relies on the leaders of tomorrow. We are committed to nurturing the next generation of agricultural leaders through leadership programs, educational opportunities, and mentorship, empowering them to shape the future.

Addressing childhood hunger is also a key part of our mission. By supporting hunger relief initiatives, we work towards ensuring every child has access to nutritious food, fostering healthier communities.

Our programs have a transformative impact, from empowering future leaders to promoting agricultural understanding in classrooms. MFA leads positive change, aiming for a world where agriculture is valued by everyone.

Join us in cultivating a sustainable and vibrant future for Michigan agriculture.

Testimonials

MFA Testimonial - Kaitlyn Fusilier

Kaitlin Fusilier, Michigan Soybean Committee and MFA Advisory Committee member.

MFA Testimonial - Leona Daniels

Leona Daniels, farmer and MFA Advisory Committee member.

MFA Testimonial  - Patrick Mcguire

Pat McGuire, farmer and MFA Board member.

More Information

Please direct your questions to the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture Development Manager Kate Thiel via email or by calling (517) 679-5741.

To donate via mail, make checks payable to Michigan Foundation for Agriculture and mail to:

Michigan Foundation for Agriculture
Attn: Kate Thiel
PO Box 30960
Lansing, MI 48909-8460