Food & Agriculture Border Gateway Summit IV

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Michigan will host a one day seminar in Southeast Michigan focusing on the food and agriculture sector.  U.S. and Canadian businesses and agencies involved with the varied components of producing, selling, transporting, and protecting food and agriculture will provide  information about current challenges and future trends, and attendees from local, state, and federal agencies as well as Canadian officials and the private sector will interact and better understand the risks, consequences, and opportunities related to the food and agriculture sector and the region.

The Southeast Michigan / Canadian border area is an important economic center as a hub for movement of people, food and agricultural products, and other critical infrastructure activities. In this seminar, attendees will obtain updates on current initiatives by multiple sectors including food regulation, security, transportation, and the private sector’s efforts.

This event is made possible through Department of Homeland Security funds through the Urban Areas Security Initiative grant allocated to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and is part of Michigan’s ongoing efforts to engage the public and private sectors of critical infrastructure. The day is also being sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit.

This all day event will be held at Schoolcraft Community College—Vista Tech Center, 18600 Haggerty Rd Livonia MI 48152. The agenda is being finalized, but topics include the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act, transportation and infrastructure update, the 2015 avian influenza outbreak, and an importer/exporter panel. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with a start time of 8:30am. Anticipated end time is 4:00 p.m.

Registration for the Food & Agriculture Border Gateway Summit IV is now open and you may go here to register:

Note: If you don’t already have an account with the International Food Protection Training Institute, you’ll have to create one – but then while there be sure to look at their extensive list of online and in person courses related to food protection.

If you have difficulties registering, or have special dietary needs, please contact Deb Merrill at 517-284-5730 or

If you have any questions regarding content of the program, please contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Emergency Management Coordinator Brad Deacon at 517-284-5729 or