Midwest

Michigan restaurants team up with agriculture to sell food

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have announced a partnership that will enable restaurants to sell food and pantry items, which currently, can be... more »

Free online listings for Ohio sustainable farm, food businesses during COVID-19

Recognizing that farmers are trying to reach consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is taking steps to get the word out and is making its online searchable database... more »

Michigan Small Fruit and Hops Inventory Survey responses due April 30

The Michigan State Horticultural Society has received a $75,000 grant to use for a small fruit and hops acreage inventory and labor survey. This Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) is funded through the Michigan Department... more »

Michigan apple industry donates apples for school children

Michigan’s apple industry will donate nearly 346,000 fresh apples and 726,000 sliced apple packages to feed school children who are currently out of school due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) worked... more »

2020 strawberry outlook update from Rabobank includes COVID-19 impact

Strawberry planted acreage in California is up year-over-year in 2020 from its lowest level in almost 15 years, and increased plantings in the Santa Maria producing region continue. Florida’s acreage remains flat, while strawberry plantings... more »

COVID-19 information for farmers compiled by Purdue University

This is a very difficult time for many people. Farmers and those involved in other aspects of agriculture and food production are experiencing significant challenges. This fact sheet has information that may help those involved... more »

MDARD cancels Food & Ag Housing Town Halls in Michigan

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has cancelled the Food & Ag Housing Town Halls scheduled for Monday, March 30 in Traverse City at... more »

Iowa ag department waives deadline for pesticide applicators to renew certification

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced March 23 that the deadline for pesticide applicators to renew their certifications has been waived by a proclamation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on March 22. Iowans who were certified... more »


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