Can Do is very pleased to have Nancy Nyquist of the Michigan Department of Agriculture visit our next general meeting on February 27th. She will be presenting a program entitled “Michigan Food and Agriculture Industry: Part of Reinventing Michigan”. Topics of the presentation will include: industry goals, future opportunities for growth, MDARD’s rural development strategy, Regional Food Systems and the MI Place Initiative.
Nancy has worked for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) since March, 2006. Nancy currently is the Market Development Specialist in the Office of Agriculture Development. Her primary responsibilities include management of USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, and MDARD’s Value Added/Regional Food System Grant Program. Additionally, she works on a number of rural and economic development issues on behalf of the department. She has served in several additional capacities with the department including positions in both the Executive Office and the Food and Dairy Division. While in the Executive Office, Nancy served as MDARD’s Legislative Liaison acting as the department’s primary point of contact with members of the Legislature. Prior to accepting the Legislative Liaison position, she had responsibilities in the Food and Dairy Division responsible for updating the Michigan Food Law and Grade A and Manufacturing Milk rewrites.
Prior to joining the Department, Nancy worked for the Michigan Legislature. She served in a variety of capacities with the Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan Senate. Nancy holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Northwood University.
Please join us on the 27th at 7:00 AM at the Charlotte Community Library for what promises to a very informative meeting and contribute to work being done making Charlotte an even greater place to live and work.