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Farm Bureau, Extension collaborate on wine program in Emmet Co.

An April 6 event in Emmet County brought together guest speakers and Up North winemakers for updates on current issues in Michigan’s wine sector.
Date Posted: May 10, 2023

Emmet County Farm Bureau worked with Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) to hold an educational event April 6 for area winemakers. 

Aiming to help build a better support system for local wineries, the day included presentations on several wine-sector priorities. 

MFB’s Tess Van Gorder spoke on groundwater discharge permitting and MSU Extension’s Esmaeil Nasrollahiazar addressed vineyard management.

A lunch was provided courtesy of sponsorship from Brenda Szach, Farm Bureau Crop Insurance Specialist, and included an educational winetasting program. 

Overall the event was a big hit with attendees and there are already talks of reprising the event in the near future. 

Matt Frollo is the North Regional Manager for Michigan Farm Bureau, working with members in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.