Michigan Agriculture Director Dan Wyant told the state Agriculture Commission today that he plans to step down July 29.
Wyant was one of only two Cabinet members still in office to serve under both current Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm and former GOP Governor John Engler.
The Agriculture Commission will choose his replacement.
He has served as agriculture director since October 1996.
Wyant is leaving to return to Cass County, where he will become president and chief operating officer of the Edward Lowe Foundation in Cassopolis. The foundation assists entrepreneurs.
He says a highlight of his nine years in office was attaining split-state status for bovine tuberculosis, saving the state's livestock industry millions of dollars in testing costs.