Category Archives: Agriculture

Biomass energy being made easier in Michigan due to USDA program

Solar and wind power often get attention, but another alternative power source has officials looking in the woods.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a program to improve diversity in biomass crops. The feds want to encourage things like poplar trees or certain types of grasses; Crops other than corn or soybeans which are already commonly used by power plants to create clean energy. Read more

Breakfast on the Farm presents event in Mecosta County

Breakfast foods like bacon, eggs and pancakes are commonplace on kitchen tables around the country.

On August 16, a Mescota county farm will welcome guests in for a free breakfast, and show people how modern agriculture works.

Michigan State University launched these “Breakfast on the Farm” events five years ago. It’s an effort to educate people who don’t live on farms about agriculture. Read more

Farm products seized and destroyed in Arenac County

One Mid Michigan food Cooperative is pushing for a change in state rules on the sale of farm foods. This, after they were forced to dump more than 200 gallons of milk and 12-hundred eggs.

Earlier this month a truck from “My Family Co-Op” was stopped in Arenac County, and inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The inspection resulted in dairy, meat, eggs and honey being seized under state agriculture regulations. Read more

Central Michigan nature center has plans for historic barn raising

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy a good old fashioned barn raising, and a nature center in central Michigan said they have plans to build a new barn, reminiscent of old America.

The Chippewa Nature Center in Midland is planning to replace an existing old barn with a 19th century styled barn. Read more