The following is a list of Michigan Department of
Agriculture (MDA) programs that should be downsized, outsourced, or eliminated.
The MDA was created in 1921 by the Michigan Legislature. According to the
department’s official web site, its mission is "to serve, promote and protect
the food, agricultural, environmental and economic interests of the people of
 This sweeping statement effectively authorizes the department to
involve itself in aspects of civil society in which government action may be
unnecessary or counterproductive, distorting market mechanisms and incentives in
the process. Accordingly, the Legislature should reduce and/or eliminate
low-priority programs, including those listed below.