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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 08:59

Neogen acquires Alberta-based animal genomics lab

The acquisition of an animal genomics laboratory in Alberta will position Neogen Corp. to more rapidly grow its business in Canada.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 23 December 2018 14:15

Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Edwin Collazo, City Built Brewing Co.

In 2019, City Built Brewing Co. hopes to add a rooftop bar and a street parklet so it can offer outdoor seating during the warmer months at its location in Grand Rapids’ Monroe North neighborhood, according to co-founder Edwin Collazo. “We’re right on the river. We’re going to take advantage of those things that bring people to this area anyways.” 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 23 December 2018 14:10

Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Jim Sheppard, Tillerman Seeds

After completing the acquisition of Legacy Seeds Inc. in August 2018, Tillerman Seeds LLC aims to continue executing on its growth strategy and supporting its portfolio of seed companies. President Jim Sheppard said the goal is to find the right fit when acquiring new companies. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 23 December 2018 13:59

Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Mark Guzniczak, Strata Business Services

Strata Business Services LLC is a “specialized small business solutions company” that focuses on investments in the medical marijuana sector in Michigan and other states. As of Dec. 6, adult-use recreational marijuana became legal in Michigan after voters approved Proposal 1 during the midterm election. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 15:45

Saranac firm agrees to cease operations after food safety violations

A federal court ordered a West Michigan-based food manufacturer of ready-to-eat foods, including prepared salads, dips, and sauces, to discontinue selling food products until the company complies with federal regulations and other requirements.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:18

Editor's Notebook: Bills to eliminate economies of scale for some craft brewers

slate of lame duck legislation has the potential to stifle growth for Michigan’s $2 billion craft beer industry. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:12

Bills would uncork changes for Michigan’s craft beverage industry

series of bipartisan bills fast-tracked for the state Legislature’s lame-duck session would redefine the laws governing how Michigan-based alcoholic beverage producers operate. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 10:11

SpartanNash to acquire South Bend-based Martin’s Super Markets

GRAND RAPIDS — SpartanNash Co. plans to acquire Martin’s Super Markets Inc., a family-owned grocery chain based in South Bend, Ind.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 11 November 2018 20:17

‘Farming Revolution:’ Producer finishes first aquaponics harvest, advocates for more locally-grown food

CALEDONIA — As consumers’ interests shift to a more locally-focused food supply chain, companies like Revolution Farms LLC hope to change how that food is grown. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 12:18

Michigan Milk Producers Association to expand in SW Michigan

The Michigan Milk Producers Association plans to invest $24 million to expand its existing dairy plant operations in St. Joseph County.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 29 September 2018 10:12

ZFS nears opening date for new Ithaca processing plant

Despite construction being “slightly behind” schedule, Zeeland Farm Services Inc. expects full operation of its new Ithaca soybean processing facility to come online in September 2019, according to President Cliff Meeuwsen.

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

Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:45

West Michigan farmers call for action on trade policy

As discussions over international trade policies have ramped up in recent months, West Michigan farmers say more needs to be done to ensure the U.S. has a “level playing field” with other countries.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:37

Precision performance: West Michigan farmers adopt tech to save time, money

By implementing auto-steer technology on tillage equipment, Jeff VanderWerff has increased efficiency by roughly 15 percent on his 2,000-acre Kent County farm.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 18 August 2018 16:59

Chinese firm acquires West Michigan agtech/construction software developer

SARANAC — Inking a deal with a Chinese firm will allow a West Michigan machine control software developer to reach a broader market, as well as possibly move beyond some legal troubles that have plagued it over the last decade.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Saturday, 21 July 2018 15:19

Q&A: Isaiah Wunsch - CEO, Wunsch Farms

The U.S. House and Senate each passed their own very different version of the 2018 farm bill, setting up a sprint to a Sept. 30 deadline, when the current legislation expires. If they fail to come to a compromise and pass a bill that President Trump will sign, farmers could face disruptions in many crucial federal programs covered by the farm bill, including crop insurance programs and agricultural research, as well as food assistance for low-income citizens. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 21 July 2018 13:17

Feeling Blue - Facing worker shortage, farmers find flaws with visa process, say reforms needed

HOLLAND — A farmworker shortage and low commodity prices are forcing West Michigan blueberries farmers to alter how they approach their harvests.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 07 July 2018 12:37

Agtech startup raising $12M to commercialize biopesticide

KALAMAZOO — The $12 million in new capital Vestaron Corp. seeks to raise would enable the company to complete a journey to bring to market a new environmentally friendly pesticide. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:00

EXPANDING THE PIE: Council includes broader representation from state’s craft beverage sectors

Vander Heide, the current president of the Michigan Cider Association, said the cider industry fought hard to be included specifically in the new law’s language outlining the council’s governing board.

An update to Michigan law is bringing a more equitable approach to how license fees from craft beverage producers are spent. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 09 June 2018 00:58

Michigan farmers welcome opportunity to grow industrial hemp

An often overlooked component of the ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan would create a commercial market for pot’s more utilitarian relative: hemp.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 09 June 2018 00:50

Prolonged pricing pressures dim outlook for many in Michigan’s dairy industry

Paul Pyle is no stranger to the turmoil facing Michigan dairy farmers.

So far in 2018, his Zeeland-based Pyle Dairy Farm Inc. is experiencing its worst year on record. With little funds available to replace dilapidated equipment, Pyle’s often left “duct-taping stuff together” to keep his farm operations afloat.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 03 January 2016 23:31

MiBiz’s most-read stories for 2015: Beer and retail dominate

The readers of MiBiz.com seem to have an unquenchable thirst for stories related to craft beer and retail. That’s the takeaway as we look back on the most-read stories published in 2015.

Published in Breaking News
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