Midwest

Food and Agriculture Housing Task Force created in Michigan

Michigan’s food and agriculture workforce traditionally consisted of the self-employed and family members, but the trend has been showing a sharp increase in the need to hire additional labor within the food and agriculture communities.... more »

Michigan Family Farms Conference brings education, resources to small-scale farmers

Winter brings many opportunities for Michigan farmers to engage in conferences across the state that support their continuing education and brings them together around a common interest and fellowship. One such conference is the Michigan Family... more »

Congressman calls for federal agencies to hold ag hearing in west Michigan

Blueberry, cherry and asparagus growers being significantly impacted by “questionable trade practices” are gaining support from Congressman Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, who wants a field hearing to be held in west Michigan by the U.S. Department... more »

International Trade Commission decision on cherry tariffs panned

U.S. senators from Michigan Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow on Jan. 14 strongly criticized the U.S. International Trade Commission's final decision not to institute tariffs against Turkish tart cherry exporters, which have been dumping low-quality... more »

2020 Southwest Michigan Horticultural Days Feb. 5-6

The Michigan Grape Society and Michigan State University (MSU) Extension in partnership with Lake Michigan College will host the annual Southwest Michigan Horticultural Days conference Feb. 5 -6 at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center, 2755... more »

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program opportunity opens in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) on Jan. 6 announced a request for proposals through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ag Marketing Services.... more »

Eau Claire, Michigan’s Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm closed Dec. 31

It’s the end of an era for agriculture in southwest Michigan, as Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, Michigan, closed Dec. 31. According to radio station WSJM in St. Joseph, Michigan, The farm made the... more »

Practical Farmers of Iowa event to feature session for apple orchardists

The Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) Annual Conference, "Reclaiming Resilience," scheduled for Jan. 16-18, will feature a Commercial Apple Orcharding Short Course. The event will be held at the Scheman Building at the Iowa State... more »


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