More Michigan students than ever have access to fresh produce, thanks to a state farm-to-school program. The 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids and Farms program this year provided 135,000 children with locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
Harbor Hill bottles other winemakers’ wines. At full capacity, Simpson said his Traverse City-based service is capable of bottling 1,800 cases per day, with either cork- or screw-crap closures. He also offers custom labeling and grape-crushing services.
Michigan’s wine industry is thriving, with more than 125 wineries scattered across the state. Many have been successful in selling their products outside of Michigan. Some get their wines onto the shelves of stores in other states, while others ship products to customers living in other states. The international market, however, has been tough to crack.
The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) board has approved funding for 2019 research projects, as recommended by a subcommittee of apple growers analyzing submitted research proposals. Research priorities are set to support Michigan Apple growers and industry success with a focus on projects that improve profitability and production, develop new markets and products, and identify consumer trends and facts.
Mark Youngquist of Kent City has been elected chair of the Michigan Apple Committee. Youngquist is a fifth-generation apple grower in Kent City. His orchard, Youngquist Farms, is 180 acres of approximately 12 varieties of apples.
Michigan’s apple, cherry, peach, and plum producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Tree Fruit Research & Development Program.
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission MPIC) has partnered with Spartan-Nash stores and other Michigan retailers to promote and help raise awareness of locally grown potatoes, thanks to a nearly $100,000 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.
Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) has obtained a specialty crop block grant through
the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service.
Governor Rick Snyder has announced a one new appointment and two reappointments to the Michigan Blueberry Commission (MBC) for 2019. Eric Jawor of Muskegon, a horticulture manager at Jawor Brothers Blueberries Inc, was newly appointed to represent District 1, replacing Jacob Clemons, whose term expires this year.
As the third - largest producer and exporter of sweet cherries in the world, U.S. producers have a lot at stake in the ongoing trade and retaliatory tariff dispute with China. With sales reaching in excess of $602 million in 2017, export volumes from the American sweet cherry producers represented approximately 18 percent of the global market.
Agriculture teachers help students become entrepreneurs and agriculturalists who will help shape the future of agriculture through development of skills, problem solving, and experiential learning. On Sept. 20, National Teach Ag Day celebrated these teachers and encourages students to consider a career in agricultural education.
In honor of this celebration, Michigan Farm Bureau is highlighting the eight Michigan FFA Chapters which received the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture’s #SpeakAgMichigan award in 2018. This award is given to chapters engaged in agricultural education and outreach activities in their communities.
Winning chapters set clear goals and worked with partnering organizations and teachers to deliver dynamic learning experiences for youth and adults. The 2018 #SpeakAgMichigan application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018.
Ubly County FFA Chapter was selected as the third place chapter for their elementary March is Reading Month and gardening outreach.