Apple storage, aquaponics projects in Michigan get grants

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development will support the development of an aquaponics project and construction of an apple storage facility with two Food and Agriculture Investment Program grants. During its regularly scheduled... more »

Listeria risk prompts apple recall by Jack Brown Produce

Sparta, Michigan’s Jack Brown Produce has recalled Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp shipped under the Apple Ridge brand from Dec. 11 to Dec. 16, 2017. The company said in a released statement that the... more »

Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grant Program seeks input

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Oct. 30 announced an opportunity to comment on the Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. To ensure effective priorities for the grant program, MDARD is asking... more »

Michigan value-added grant proposals due Nov. 17

The Value-Added Grant Program is accepting abstract grant proposals until 3 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Nov. 17, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD). Proposals received after 3 p.m. will not... more »

Governor Snyder declares October as Michigan Apple Month

Governor Rick Snyder has again declared October as Michigan Apple Month. With more than 11.3 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 35,500 acres on 825 family-run farms in Michigan, apples are the largest fruit... more »

Severe winters damage Michigan fruit trees

Two severe winters in a row – 2013-14 and 2014-15 – tested the resilience of Michigan’s tree fruit crops. The full extent of the long-term damage remains to be seen, but some lessons have been learned.... more »

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