Midwest

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 »

Michigan Family Farms Conference to feature nurturing resilient farms

The Michigan Family Farms Conference is celebrating 17 years of providing education, networking and professional development opportunities to small- and medium-scale farms in Michigan. This year’s conference will be Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, from 8 a.m. –... more »

Michigan peach group gets grant to help boost state’s selections

Michigan Peach Sponsors has received a $55,940 Michigan Department of Agriculture Rural Development Specialty Crop Block Grant. According to a news release, the grant will accelerate the evaluation and release of Michigan State University  peach... more »

Ontario Apple Growers elect leaders

Cathy McKay of Port Perry has been elected as the new Chair of the Ontario Apple Growers (OAG). After serving as Vice-chair since 2013, she replaces outgoing Chair Charles Stevens of Newcastle. Brian Rideout of... more »

Katherine East joins MSU as viticulture specialist in southwest Michigan

My name is Katherine East and I am the new viticulture production specialist in southwest Michigan. I joined Michigan State University Extension this past August and it’s been a whirlwind so far over this harvest and into... more »

Cider education included at 2020 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show

Parallel 45 and Michigan State University Extension are pleased to host Bri Ewing Valliere, a clinical assistant professor of the School of Food Science at Washington State University, at the Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show, Jan. 14-15, 2020,... more »

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