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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.
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.
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.
MiBiz Growth Report: March 15, 2021
Here's the MiBiz growth report for March 15, 2021.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 2, 2020
This is the growth report for Feb. 2, 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.