Midwest

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 »

Riveridge Produce adds Jack Brown Produce’s marketing

Michigan apple growers will be in position to gain additional markets and supply increasing customer consolidations with the blending of the sales divisions of Riveridge Produce Marketing and Jack Brown Produce. The pairing will market... more »

Michigan awards Food Safety Education Fund grants

Ensuring the safety of the state’s food supply is paramount to protecting public health as well as helping to grow Michigan’s $104.7 billion food and agriculture economy. “As part of the department’s commitment to food... more »

Michigan governor names ag director

A new head of the Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, Gary McDowell, has been named by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will be headed by Gary McDowell,... more »

Matson Fruit grows generational apple legacy In Washington state

The Matson family is credited with coming up with the 850-pound apple bin, but decades later, their willingness to try something different is again attracting attention from other growers. One year ago, Matson Fruit finished... more »

Peaches, nectarines may thrive in Midwest chill

The cold winters in the northern Great Plains make growing peaches or nectarines a gamble. “Iowa... more »


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