The conservancy is calling these “tipping point projects.”
There are four total, including a trail system at Saginaw State University, the cleaning of 10 vacant lots across the city, the renovation of 16-acres at Celebration Square, and a newly paved trail along the city’s riverfront.
Zachary Branigan is the executive director of the Saginaw Basin Conservancy. He said they decided to launch projects in the city a few years ago…
“One thing we really wanted to do is reach out the the community. So over the past year before we started these projects we did a community engagement process. That really involved us going into the community and listening and looking for projects that made sense.”
Branigan said the conservancy is performing around 300 thousand dollars worth of work in the city. He says if all goes as planned, the projects should be completed next year.
Antibiotics are used to prevent and treat illnesses in farm animals.
31 million bushels of apples are expected to be harvested in Michigan this season. That’s up seven-million bushels from last year.
Some apples like Ginger Gold and Paula Red are already in stores. Other types will be available later this month. Continue reading
This is the second green roof at CMU.The other is on the Education and Human Services building.
A report recently released by Alma College explores the science behind long-term exposure.
Crop educators said dry weather is taking a toll on a number of crops in Central and Northern Michigan.
Michigan and China have a larger trading relationship than many consumers know. In the past decade, Michigan exports to China have grown by over 200 percent… and the state wants to see that number increase even more.
Officials with the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said, Chinese consumers like Michigan dairy products and cherries, and they hope to introduce more Michigan products to Chinese distributors.
Jamie Zmitko-Somers is the International Marketing Program Manager for the department. She said the trade mission aims to represent all Michigan companies.
“This would be for any Michigan companies looking to further their exports into the Chinese market or break into the China market for the first time. So it could be smaller companies or larger companies as well.”
Zmitko-Somers said, the trade mission is planned for this upcoming November. Companies interested in participating can find a link to the application at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/China-Company_profile_form_528113_7.pdf
When the weather is mild, it’s not unusual to find nature lovers and hikers exploring the trails along the Jackson Falls, in the western New York town of Aurora.
Michigan and the province of Ontario are negotiating a strategy to boost trade opportunities in the region.
Chateau Grand Traverse created a series of wines to incorporate two of Michigan’s biggest industries: agriculture and recreation. The wines were named woods, water, and picnic.
After last week’s cold spell, fruit farmers have been checking vines and trees to make sure their crops are going to be alright.
Michigan cherries are going to be ok, experts say, despite the mild winter and warm March.
After two years of harsh winters have taken their toll on Michigan vineyards, this year’s warmer weather is being seen as a blessing.
That’s according to Justin Leshinskey, Director of Sales for Bowers Harbor Vineyards in Traverse City.
Leshinskey said he couldn’t have asked for better conditions for their vineyard’s silver anniversary.
“We’re hoping for a wonderful year this year, in fact this year is going to be our 25th anniversary. We’re hoping, if mother nature and the farming Gods allow, that we’ll have the best 25th harvest that we can.”
This year he expects the best yield he’s had in years.
“It’s been warmer, like I said the bay hasn’t frozen over, we’ve had some great snow, and that’s insulated the vines. Also too, ya know, the vines, after not really producing a lot of fruit the last few years, they’ve got a lot of energy stored up. They’re ready to do their job as long as mother nature allows them to.”
Leshinskey said Michigan is the 4th largest producer of grapes in the nation.
Leshinskey said although it’s been warm, it hasn’t been warm enough for the vines to wake up just yet.
Due to that, he’s not afraid of a late winter frost damaging the crop.
If you’ve ever driven by a beautiful barn, admiring it on the way – you now have a chance to see it recognized statewide.
The Michigan Barn Preservation Network is taking nominations for Barn of the Year. Four or five awards will be given out. Continue reading
In order to kickstart that goal, the network is holding an event at the end of the month in Traverse city.
Michigan State University Extension will host an event in mid-March aimed at helping those new to agriculture get a head start.
Season extension technologies allow farmers in the Upper Peninsula to offer fresh produce year round. Most recently, winter spinach has been added to the menu for the local food co-op the UP is working to launch.
The late winter is a concern for many Michigan area fruit growers.
Fruit growers met in Traverse City this week to talk about things like invasive pests, marketing skills, and damage to vegetation. Continue reading
The same warm weather that allowed the Michigan Sugar Company to take in a record-breaking harvest may be threatening those same beets, as they sit in storage, awaiting processing.
Ray Van Driessche is the director of community and government relations for Michigan Sugar Company. He said the size of the yield was unbelievable.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS, is facing heavy scrutiny from around the country.
WOTUS is intended to clarify which water bodies are protected by the Clean Water Act. Instead it’s prompted a heated debate.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has agreed to pick up some forest management responsibilities from the federal government.
The agreement will give the DNR logging rights in three Michigan national forests.