Midwest

Michigan Apple Committee board elects officers

The Michigan Apple Committee Board of Directors elected new officers at their March 28 meeting. Mark Youngquist of Kent City was elected chair, Michael Dietrich of Conklin was elected vice chair and Damon Glei of... more »

Michigan ag commission elects leader, awards grants to fruit businesses

During its regularly scheduled meeting March 27, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development elected new officers and voted to approve Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grants for 11 food and agriculture projects in... more »

2019 MSU Agriculture Innovation Day set for July 26

The 2019 Michigan State University (MSU) Agriculture Innovation Day will take place on July 26 at MSU Farms in Lansing, Michigan. With a theme of “Focus on Precision Technology That Pays,” experts will detail how... more »

Value-added grant opportunity available in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development is now accepting applications for its latest round of value-added grants. The Value-Added Grant Program is designed to help retain, expand, attract or develop agricultural processing in... more »

Riveridge selling half of Michigan’s fresh apples

One out of every two Michigan apples will be marketed and sold by a single company, after Riveridge Produce Marketing’s purchase of Jack Brown Produce’s brand and fresh-pack sales operation. Both companies are based in... more »

Apple harvests ripe for automated help

Meet the Cyclone, a system of vacuum tubes that takes apples from human pickers, gently filling bins as it propels itself through the orchard. The Cyclone is the fruit, so to speak, of a partnership... more »

Noted southwest Michigan fruit grower Karl Barden dies

Karl F. Barden, a well-known South Haven, Michigan, fruit grower,  died March 10. According to his obituary, Mr. Barden followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Michigan State... more »

Foliar calcium curbs blueberry green fruit drop

Green fruit drop in blueberries, also called Draper drop, isn’t only an issue with the blueberry variety Draper. “Green fruit drop is a genetic trait. It’s going... more »


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