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
Michigan State University Extension will host an event in mid-March aimed at helping those new to agriculture get a head start.
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
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
A Mount Pleasant area farmer’s market will be getting a permanent home thanks to a federal grant.
The Saginaw-Chippewa Indian tribe has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program.
This refuse, or rather what’s in it, is becoming a hotly contested issue between scientists and CAFO supporters. Continue reading
The Michigan Department of Agriculture is using a $1.4 million grant from the federal government for two land easement programs in the state.
The programs focus is on keeping wetlands and agricultural lands precisely that: wetlands and agricultural lands. Continue reading
Crop analysts are hopeful that the 2015 planting season will be relatively normal, compared to last year when cold weather delayed farmers from taking to their fields. Continue reading
Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow delivered the keynote address at today’s “Great Lakes Science in Action” symposium at Central Michigan University.
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