It’s been five years since the federal government’s largest initiative to restore the Great Lakes was passed into law, and Congress recently agreed to fund the program for another five years.
According to Cameron Davis, the senior adviser to the administrator of the EPA, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is one of the few pieces of legislation that repeatedly gets bi-partisan support. Continue reading →
Jamie Clover-Adams, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Summer is obviously a busy time for Michigan’s agriculture industry… and for the state agency that regulates farmers, producers, and food establishments.
Late last month, Jamie Clover-Adams, the director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, was traveling around the state, checking in with her employees and getting a first hand look at just how the industry is doing.
She also stopped by the studios of CMU Public Radio to speak with Mike Horace about the industry. Continue reading →
France, Italy, Spain and California are all known as popular wine regions. And in recent years, a new location has been added to that list: Michigan.
In 2011, the most recent year for which figures are available, the wine industry contributed over $300 million into the Michigan economy, much of it coming from northwestern Michigan. Continue reading →
It’s considered one of the gems of northern Michigan: the Leelanau Peninsula. It’s home to some of the state’s best agricultural destinations, including vineyards and orchards… as well as some of the most beautiful landscapes in the midwest.
Leland is situated right between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, on the western edge of the Leelanau Peninsula. The quaint little community certainly isn’t northern Michigan’s largest, yet it is still big enough to host a town within a town… a hidden town, if you will. Continue reading →
Grants available to help socially-disadvantaged farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set aside funds that will provide assistance to socially disadvantaged groups. This may give some of Michigan’s farmers and agricultural producers a break, economically speaking. Continue reading →