Christmas TreesMichigan’s food and agriculture industry is flourishing.  Michigan produces more than 300 commodities on a commercial basis, making our Great Lakes state second only to California in agricultural diversity.  We grow everything from cranberries to Christmas trees. We also have a thriving animal agriculture farming community.

Michigan leads the nation in the production of 17 commodities, including tart cherries, blueberries, three kinds of dry beans (black, cranberry and small red), 11 floriculture products (including begonias, geraniums, petunias and impatiens), and pickling cucumbers.  Michigan also ranks in the top 10 for 40 other commodities.

Michigan’s top exported commodities are soybeans, corn, wheat and dairy products

Michigan internationally exports one in every three rows grown annually.  Top export markets are Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea and China.

Why choose St. Clair County, Michigan, for Agricultural Processing?

  • St. Clair County serves as an international border crossing with a top agriculture export market: Canada  
  • Over 60 percent of all Michigan’s agricultural exports go directly to Canada
  • An abundance of fresh water with 220 miles of surface water 
  • Enjoy close proximity to Michigan’s nearly 2,000 licensed food processors
  • 24’ Deep Water Port Access with rail spur
  • Major Expressways include I-94, I-69 and Canada’s Highway 402
  • Two class-1 railroads with double-stack cargo capacity into Ontario 
  • St. Clair County’s strong manufacturing community can help innovate your processes


Regional Agricultural Processing Companies:
Cargill Salt
Gielow Pickles
Marysville Ethanol
Michigan Sugar
Vlasic Pickles

Links and Resources:
Michigan Agriculture Infographic (PDF)
Agricultural Financing Fact Sheet (PDF) - Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Guide to Marketing Your Michigan Food and Agriculture Products