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Great Lakes Ag Irrigation
Michigan is home to nearly 1,800 dairy farms with 427,000 dairy cows. In 2019, Michigan produced 11.4 billion pounds of milk, accounting for 5.2% of total U.S. milk production. This type of agribusiness environment along with MEDC’s support was critical in securing projects like the 142-acre site in St. Johns, which was chosen in Fall 2018 as the location for a new dairy processing facility by Spartan Michigan, LLC. When completed this joint venture between Glanbia plc, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. and Select Milk Producers, Inc. is expected to manufacture cheese, whey protein powder and process more than 8-million pounds of milk per day, making it among the largest dairy processing facilities in the nation.
The project is supported by an estimated $27.6 million in grants and tax abatements from Michigan Strategic Fund and our partners including the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Michigan Department of Transportation. The project is expected to generate a total investment of $425 million and create up to 259 jobs, helping Mid-Michigan workers earn stronger wages and further invigorating Michigan’s dairy industry.
Top Agribusiness Companies in Michigan
Michigan's optimal resources for the agriculture industry is highlighted in several episodes of The Michigan Opportunity Podcast. Now in its second season, host Ed Clemente has been joined by several guests specializing in agribusiness, agritourism, and more. Click on the episode links to the right and listen to insightful conversations and hear about new, emerging global trends.
Living in Michigan
Michigan’s attractive business climate is surpassed only by its natural beauty and active lifestyle. With four seasons, 11,000 lakes and the country’s longest freshwater coastline, Michigan offers ample opportunities to enjoy recreational activities like boating, fishing, golf, skiing, hiking and more. Michigan is also home to the highly regarded Detroit Institute of Arts, over 100 wineries, and is a craft beer destination. We also have the lowest cost of living of any state in the Midwest. When it comes to living and doing business, nothing compares to Pure Michigan.Learn more
Michigan is an Industry Leader