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Displaying items tagged: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Thursday, 13 April 2023 05:50

New MDARD director eyes opportunities to boost resilience of Michigan farms

Sixth-generation farmer Tim Boring is bringing firsthand knowledge of the industry to his new position in Lansing as director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 17 March 2022 15:25

State awards $2M to local farmland preservation programs

Seven Michigan farmland preservation programs have received $2 million in state funding to assist farmers with costs related to development rights on agricultural land and conservation easements.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 06 June 2021 16:15

Michigan kombucha producers expand as consumer demand spikes

When Courtney Lorenz launched her business in 2015 brewing and selling kombucha, she started working with just three 5-gallon containers. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Monday, 15 March 2021 10:57

MiBiz Growth Report: March 15, 2021

Here's the MiBiz growth report for March 15, 2021.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 11 March 2021 15:00

State awards $1.8 million to preserve more than 700 acres of farmland

State officials have awarded $1.8 million in grants that will eventually lead to the preservation of 730 acres of farmland.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 11 October 2020 19:00

West Michigan Food Processing Association helps companies tackle COVID-19 challenges

Under the guidance of Executive Director Marty Gerencer, the West Michigan Food Processing Association incorporated as a 501(c)(6) in February with a multi-pronged approach to support the food industry across a five-county region.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Monday, 17 August 2020 15:00

$2.1M federal grant to fuel new food processing incubator in Battle Creek

Battle Creek Unlimited has received $2.1 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to develop a food processing incubator known as the Southwest Michigan Accelerator Kitchen.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 04 August 2020 16:07

Whitmer directive clamps down on COVID-19 violations among state licensees

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has directed state agency heads to use their resources to clamp down on pandemic-related rules violations and consider safety compliance when licensing businesses.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 03:59

General Mills/Yoplait taps three Michigan dairies for regenerative ag pilot program

REED CITY — A pilot project spearheaded by global food processor General Mills Inc. aims to help improve the stability of dairy farms, starting with a trio of West Michigan operations and a focus on regenerative agricultural practices. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 12:00

Report: Michigan grew nearly 4,000 acres of hemp in first year of pilot program

Farmers grew nearly 4,000 acres of industrial hemp across 58 Michigan counties in 2019 as part of the state’s inaugural year of a pilot program to test the viability of the crop here.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 02 February 2020 10:00

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 2, 2020

This is the growth report for Feb. 2, 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 14:47

Peterson Farms invests $22 million in expansion

SHELBY — Family-owned fruit processor Peterson Farms Inc. is expanding its operations in Oceana County, north of Muskegon. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 10 November 2019 10:56

Michigan hemp growers learn lessons with first harvest

Michael Klumpp did not know what to expect when he ventured into the world of industrial hemp, but the farmer soon realized growing a viable crop was only half the battle.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:49

Agriculture Roundtable: West Michigan farmers remain optimistic, despite a flurry of industry challenges

Not even depressed commodity prices, stalled trade talks, labor constraints and climate change can stanch farmers’ optimism.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:56

Ending NAFTA would hurt West Michigan farmers, experts say

GRAND RAPIDS — The potential reversal of the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could jeopardize West Michigan farmers and food processors.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:15

Michigan Dept. of Ag to spur investment with $4.7M in new incentives

West Michigan-based agribusinesses and food and beverage companies will soon have a new source of capital to fund expansion projects.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 05 March 2017 20:05

Trout farm taps opportunity to sell to large retailers with state grant

JACKSON — Indian Brook Trout Farm Inc. plans to leverage $150,000 it received through a state grant to win vital contracts with national grocery retailers.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 18 September 2016 13:44

Department of Agriculture to lead trade mission to China

Twelve Michigan food processing and agriculture companies will travel to Shanghai and Shenzhen, China next month on a trade mission with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 24 July 2016 13:46

Michigan sits out ‘arms race’ to attract national brewery investments

When Deschutes Brewery founder Gary Fish launched a two-year search to locate the Oregon company’s first satellite production facility, one of his top criteria was determining whether the state and local community wanted his business.

Published in Economic Development