Midwest

Invasive spotted lanternfly making its way to Ohio

Ohio has its radar in place to detect the first arrival of an invasive pest that can cause extensive damage to many crops, including vineyards and tree fruit. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive pest... more »

‘Duke’ of Michigan winegrapes retires

Michigan fruit growers took a long lunch Tuesday, Jan. 15, celebrating the career of "Duke" Elsner, who advised winegrape growers for decades in the fast-growing industry. Elsner retired from his full-time work with Michigan State... more »

Wunsch Farms CEO accepted into political leadership program

Isaiah Wunsch, CEO of Wunsch Farms near Traverse City, has been named to Michigan State University’s Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP). Wunsch Farms is a sixth-generation cherry and apple farm, according to localdifference.org. The 24... more »

Michigan Craft Beverage Council grant proposals due Feb. 26

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council (MCBC) announces a request for proposals (RFP) for projects to commence May 1, 2019. The MCBC's anticipated budget for 2019 awards is $350,000. Individual proposals are limited to a maximum... more »

New partnerships support Michigan wine industry

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University (MSU), The School of Hospitality Business at MSU, Michigan Wine Collaborative (MWC), and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have formed a new partnership.... more »

Michigan specialty crop grant proposals due Feb. 27

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Jan. 10 announced a request for proposals through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Services. The... more »

Craft breweries, orchardists partner to create beverages

King Orchards has grown Montmorency and Balaton tart cherries at the edge of Grand Traverse Bay on the shore of Lake Michigan for more than 30 years. They sell cherry juice to local grocery stores... more »

Applewood Fresh Growers launched in Sparta, Michigan

Third-generation Michigan apple grower Scott Swindeman is launching a new venture with Applewood Fresh Growers, a grower, packer, shipper and marketer of Michigan apples. Applewood Fresh Growers is located in Sparta, the state's “powerhouse” area... more »


75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345
616.887.9008
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