Category Archives: Agriculture

Transportation Infrastructure meeting leaves members hopeful

MABA logo BrownMichigan roads may see less agricultural traffic if transportation infrastructure plans continue to move forward. Read more

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This year’s brutal winter could help kill invasive species

adelgidThis year’s colder-than-normal winter could be good for nature lovers, and bad for some of Michigan’s invasive species.
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Challenge to Michigan’s feral pig ban heads to court

jhfdMichigan’s ban on feral pigs makes its way to a northern Michigan courtroom Wednesday.

The case revolves around around a 2012 Department of Natural Resources order banning pigs with certain physical characteristics.
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Department of Ag announces grants for Michigan county fairs

ferris wheelIn the midst of a chilly Michigan winter, some state officials are already focused on the summer county-fair season.
The state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has awarded grant money to counties for improvements to their fairgrounds. Read more

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Governor Synder makes pledge to States Farm Bureau

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder pledged new support to the state’s farm industry. Specifically, he pledged to promote increased immigration opportunities for farm workers. Read more

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Local Food summit in Eastern UP connects growers with consumers

Food Summit 11-14-13For the third year in a row residents of the Eastern Upper Peninsula are hosting a local food summit to boost relationships between consumers, producers and financiers. Read more

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Clare County receives community broadband certification

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Clare County’s broadband coverage has earned it a Community Broadband Certification from Connect Michigan.
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Michigan farmers fear new rules could jeopardize their operations

 Local farmers worry about the impact proposed new regulations will have on their ability to provide affordable produce to Michigan communities. Photo courtesy of Nic Welty.

Local farmers worry about the impact proposed new regulations will have on their ability to provide affordable produce to Michigan communities. Photo courtesy of Nic Welty.

In light of the rise in food-borne illness outbreaks, the Food and Drug Administration has proposed new regulations for produce farms and food processors, and Michigan’s local farmers fear the changes could unfairly burden their operations and reduce options for consumers.
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Rep. Kildee meets with growers in Standish; calls for action on Farm Bill

In southwestern Michigan they grow corn.U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) was in Standish today, speaking with agricultural producers and highlighting the need for Congress to pass a new Farm Bill.
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25 new dairy manufacturing jobs coming to Thumb

BY AMY ROBINSON

25 new jobs and $40,000,000 in investments are coming to Cass City in the Thumb.

The State is supporting a plan to build a new dairy manufacturing plant.

The Dairy Farmers of America, who are behind the project have been awarded a-half-a-million-dollar Michigan Business Development Program grant.

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

“It’s an excellent example of how communities in a region in the state can work together to have a project come to fruition. It’s also an example how the food and agriculture sector is really adding the state’s economy; adding jobs and investment and improving the value chain, and that benefits everyone in Michigan,” Clover-Adams said.

Clover-Adams said this is considered phase one of the expansion project. She said the market for milk and milk products is, in her words, “infinite.”

And she said that spells good news for the new factory and for the entire supply chain in the thumb and throughout the state.

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