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.
As wild birds fly south for the winter they may pose a threat to domestic poultry.
This year’s spring outbreak of avian flu was documented as the largest domestic animal health crisis in U.S. history.
Jennifer Holton is with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. “The threat of avian influenza coming back is very real so it’s important for us to make sure that we’re reminding poultry operators to continue to put it proper risk mitigation and biosecurity practices to minimize the threat of high path avian influenza,” she said.
Holton said no outbreaks have been reported yet this fall. “Unfortunately, you know, nobody has a crystal ball but at this point what we can really just say is that the potential is there, the threat is there and so implementing those biosecurity practices really should be a priority for all our poultry operators,” she said.
Holton said avian flu does not pose a risk to human health or to food safety.
She said biosecurity measure like restricting outdoor access and using well or municipal water instead of ponds for drinking water can keep flocks safe.
A conference in Grand Traverse County will highlight Lake Michigan.
The Department of Environmental Quality is hosting more than 300 experts in the fields of climate change, invasive species and beach management. Continue reading
The grant is worth more than three-hundred-thousand- dollars. It will be used to study the cuticle of maize leaves.
Instructors and students at Lake Superior State University are planning to studying a new invasive species. One that settled right in a nearby river.
Didymo, or rock snot was found in the St. Mary’s River a few weeks ago. Continue reading
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario is a big city, more than 75 thousand people live there. But in all the hustle and bustle of big city life, the city manages to create pockets with a small town community feel.
One of those pockets is the Mill Market farmers market.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe officially opened a new, permanent pavilion for its farmers market in Mount Pleasant.