Midwest

Blueberry operation invests in marijuana dispensary

The owners of a west Michigan blueberry farm are investing in a marijuana business as they battle back against a turbulent fruit industry. According to a report by WOOD-TV 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the... more »

USDA funding of energy projects, systems includes Michigan farms

A fourth generation Berrien County, Michigan, farm that has been in business since 1903 is gaining a renewable energy investment from the USDA to help it with energy efficiency innovations that will allow the operation... more »

Iowa State awards program honors woman who helps farm operations

On Tuesday Dec. 3, Grinnell, Iowa, native Liz Kolbe was recognized at Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach Women in Agriculture leadership conference. Kolbe, a graduate of Colorado College, has worked with Practical Farmers of... more »

Michigan cherry growers rally against Turkish cherry exporters

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, testified Dec. 3 at a U.S. International Trade Commission hearing in Washington, D.C., in support of Michigan cherry growers’ efforts to ensure a level playing field and hold Turkish tart... more »

MSU entomologist Isaacs among those on Highly Cited Researchers List

Six Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientists have been recognized in the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers List, an annual compilation of the global leaders in scientific influence by Clarivate Analytics. The highlighted researchers represent the renowned programs in... more »

Long-term study will offer more data on cover crop benefits

The popularity of cover crops has reemerged in recent years with farmers looking to a variety of grasses, brassicas and legumes to improve soil health. Cover crops can also improve water holding capacity, reduce erosion... more »

Michigan agriculture unit offers specialty crop public input opportunity

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) on Nov. 27 announced a public input opportunity regarding the Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Public input is being sought to help ensure effective program... more »

Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 to be honored Dec. 10

Fruit Growers News magazine and sponsors will hold an awards ceremony Dec. 10 for the Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 – a group of exemplary agriculture professionals nominated by their peers... more »


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