Production expected up for Michigan SweeTango, Kiku, other apples

Applewood Fresh Growers expect a production increase of 20% over last year for SweeTango, as well as growth in production of other club varieties. In a press release, Applewood said it was “the lead marketer... more »

NW Michigan growers get natural disaster loans

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on July 3 designated five counties in northwest Michigan as primary natural disaster areas. Northwest Michigan is a noted fruit-production region, especially Grand Traverse County. Michigan grows 75 percent of the... more »

Ohio State offers Foodpreneur School to expand market outreach

Farmers that have experienced success selling goods direct to consumers often find it difficult to reach and navigate new market channels such as restaurants, grocers, and specialty stores. Foodpreneur School prepares entrepreneurs to grow their... more »

MAEAP launches website redesign

On July 8, the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) announced the launch of its new, redesigned website, www.MAEAP.org. The new site puts more focus on user experience by including a convenient top navigation, responsive... more »

Missouri elderberry workshop well-attended

Dear Elderberry Friends, This year's workshop organized by Terry Durham of River HIlls Harvest and held at the Carver Center, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri was one of, or perhaps the best-attended, in the 13... more »

Sparta’s Elite Apple doubles packing capacity; will sell through alliance

Sales consolidation continues in the Michigan apple industry, as Michigan Fresh Marketing and BelleHarvest’s newly-formed joint sales alliance adds some supply volume. Elite Apple of Sparta has contractually committed to pack 500,000 cartons, which is... more »

Michigan Tree Fruit Commission funds 2019 upgrades

The second installment of a refrigeration system upgrade and the first installment of a pesticide building remodeling and upgrade at Michigan State University’s (MSU) Clarksville Research Center were the two big projects funded by the... more »

New Midwest Organic Center hires trio of staff members

Rodale Institute and Indian Creek Nature Center took three steps closer to opening the Midwest Organic Center (MOC) at Etzel Sugar Grove Farm in Marion, Iowa with the recent hires of research director Carl Rosier,... more »

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