Midwest

Michigan AgrAbility intoduces demonstration farm

Michigan AgrAbility has partnered with Holland area farmer Doug Ver Hoeven in establishing a demonstration farm where farmers can see and try a variety of assistive technology tools and equipment before investing in aides that... more »

Michigan House panel seeks protection for cherry producers

The Michigan House Agriculture Committee, chaired by Rep. Julie Alexander, approved on Sept. 4 a resolution supporting a petition before the U.S. International Trade Commission to protect Michigan’s domestic cherry industry. Michigan growers supply roughly... more »

Michigan blueberry growers’ research fund starts well

With new research on the way, and a promising crop in the field, it’s a good year to be a Michigan blueberry grower. Halfway through the harvest season, all indications were for good total yields.... more »

Ontario growers find niche in climate, market advantages

Ontario’s tree fruit growers know how to take advantage of being located next to one of the best marketplaces in North America. Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the fourth-largest city in North... more »

Southwest Michigan farms receive USDA disaster declaration

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, Michigan, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a secretarial disaster designation for Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties. “(The Aug. 30) announcement is welcome... more »

New home for Wine & Viticulture Technology program opens in Michigan

The new Welch Center for Wine & Viticulture on the Benton Harbor, Michigan, Campus of Lake Michigan College (LMC) hosted a public grand opening and dedication ceremony on Aug. 27 The Welch Center is LMC’s... more »

Rotating cross-arm trellis lowers blackberry costs

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) horticulturist Fumiomi Takeda of the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, developed arotating cross-arm (RCA) trellis and cane-training system for floricane-fruiting blackberry—blackberry plants that produce harvestable fruit after the... more »

Ag invention creator, Michigan farm operator Tennes dies

Bernard Robert Tennes, 81, of Charlotte, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday morning, Aug. 25, 2019. The following statement was placed on the Country Mill's Facebook page: "For nearly 50 years, our farm... more »


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