The “Sprout Lab” is an entrepreneurship program focused on identifying agricultural innovators, and engaging them in the state’s entrepreneur ecosystem. Continue reading
CMU is partnering with a rural school to help students with STEM- that’s science, technology engineering and math.
And the partnership has an agricultural twist.
Officials at CMU are launching the partnership this month between student-teachers, and classroom teachers in St. Johns-an agricultural community. Continue reading
Imagine 33 million Christmas trees. That’s how many holiday trees were brought home just last year in the United States according to the National Christmas Tree Association.
Marcia Gray, Executive Director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association, said Christmas trees are actually considered one of Michigan’s cash crops!
“Well, first of all, Michigan is the third largest producer of Christmas trees in the U.S. This holiday season we’re going to estimate that we harvest 2 to 2-and-a-half million trees. About 3-quarters of those trees leave Michigan. Our trees are going elsewhere and bringing dollars back.”
Gray said she expects the tree industry to bring in roughly 40-million dollars to the state this year, and that’s at wholesale price.
She also said the agriculture industry is much more influential on Michigan’s economy than people give it credit for.
For more information on the Michigan Christmas tree business visit this website.
October is National Farm to School Month and at one northern Michigan school, students have been in the garden growing their lunches. Now it’s harvest time.
Students at Northern Michigan Christian School in McBain have been growing vegetables for lunches and for agricultural education for six years now.
Nikki Witbeck teaches agriculture classes at the school.
She said the students weren’t getting enough healthy food. So the school decided to discontinue the federal hot lunch program and plant its own garden. Continue reading
Ever wonder what it takes to get that gallon of milk or loaf of bread to your supermarket? Continue reading
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has been awarded federal grant money to build a new farmers market pavilion.
Michigan farmers will soon be getting some help with conservation efforts, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to do more to attract seasonal migrant laborers to work on farms this spring and summer.
Michigan roads may see less agricultural traffic if transportation infrastructure plans continue to move forward. Continue reading