Category Archives: Agriculture

Produce and community: putting Sault Ste Marie, Ontario On the Map

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.
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‘Wireless’ cows becoming more common on Michigan farms

A dairy cow at Paramount Dairy in Caro, MI. The collar around the cow's neck monitors activity and rumination.

A dairy cow at Paramount Dairy in Caro, MI. The collar around the cow’s neck monitors activity and rumination.

Technology and healthcare are slowly becoming ingrained in our society. Just look at the explosion of health tracking devices, including Fitbits and Apple Watches, for example.

Similar devices are now becoming more and more popular in the farming community. They’re helping create more efficient farms. Farms that are full of healthier, happier cows. Continue reading

Visitors at the Huron-Manistee National Forest will learn how to “Leave No Trace”


An organization that teaches people about limiting their impact on the outdoors is coming to the Huron-Manistee National Forest August 11-16.

“Leave No Trace” travels around the country, stopping in areas with fragile ecosystems. Continue reading

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative renewed for 5 more years

Logo of the EPA

Logo of the EPA

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.
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Third case of chronic wasting disease found in Ingham County


State wildlife officials confirm a third deer from a mid-Michigan forest has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

These are the first instances of chronic wasting disease found in the wild in Michigan. It’s already been found in 20 states and two Canadian provinces. Continue reading

Michigan’s agriculture industry continues to grow

Jamie Clover-Adams, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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

Northern Michigan beef herd tests positive for Bovine TB

For the second time this year, a northern Michigan beef herd has tested positive for Bovine Tuberculosis disease.MDARD

The small herd in Alcona County was found to be infected with Bovine TB during routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD.)

The herd is located in a part of Michigan where Bovine TB is common among wild deer. The deer in turn spread it to captive animal herds. Continue reading

More than a half-million acres of Michigan land has been preserved

15733Over half a million acres of farms and forest land in Michigan have been protected through conservation efforts over the last 35 years.

That’s according to Heart of the Lakes, a nonprofit that works with 27 conservation organizations around the state. Continue reading

Study looks at ways to reforest former oil and gas well sites

Former Westerman gas/oil well, Kalkaska County, MI. Photo courtesy of Respect My Planet

Former Westerman gas/oil well, Kalkaska County, MI. Photo courtesy of Respect My Planet

Ten locations in Kalkaska, Antrim and Otsego counties are being studied to determine the best ways to rehabilitate former oil and gas well sites.

The study is being conducted by the Au Sable Institute. Researchers there are looking at new ways restore damage to forests caused by oil and gas drilling. Continue reading

‘On the Map’ visits Michigan’s winemaking region


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

Fishtown: A Town Within A Town

IIMG_0860t’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

MI offers assistance given to businesses serving healthy food


Help is now available for groceries and other vendors wanting to offer more fresh, healthy food to their customers.

The Michigan Good Food Fund is a public private partnership, offering loans and grants to businesses in communities where fresh food is not widely available. Continue reading

Hunting of antlerless deer restricted during upcoming archery season


Antlerless deer cannot be hunted during the archery season in the Upper Peninsula this year, under an order from the state Natural Resources Commission.

Declining numbers of deer are to blame for the restriction. Two harsh winters in two years are to blame. Continue reading

Democratic lawmakers eye bill to keep water flowing to Highland Park

bottled water

A group of state House Democrats hopes to prevent the state’s largest water utility from ending service to one of the cities it serves. Continue reading

Court of Appeals upholds state ban on wild boar

Wild boar in Michigan

Wild boar in Michigan

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the state’s ban on Russian boar and other breeds of exotic swine.

Michigan banned several strains of boar as invasive species because they breed prolifically, endanger other wildlife, and ruin woods and farmland. Continue reading