Midwest

Pickling cucumber industry centered in Michigan

Did you know Michigan devotes more acreage to pickling cucumbers than any state in the union? The Mitten state harvested more than 34,000 acres of pickling cucumbers in 2018, a crop worth nearly $50 million,... more »

Increases seen in west Michigan agribusiness economy

If you asked someone what industry Michigan is known for, most people would say manufacturing. While it’s true that the state has an overarching strength in a variety of manufacturing sectors, west Michigan holds domestic... more »

Ruling on migrant worker pay challenged by Michigan Civil Rights Commission

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) on April 15 sent Attorney General Dana Nessel a request to reconsider a ruling from former Attorney General Bill Schuette that said certain migrant and seasonal farm workers (MSFWs)... more »

Michigan carrot growers to vote on program, rate increase

Michigan carrot producers will soon vote on the future of the Carrot Industry Development Program as well as a proposal to increase the maximum assessment cost for processed carrots. Michigan carrot producers will have an... more »

Michigan attorney general asked to rule on pay for migrant farm workers

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to reconsider whether Michigan’s smallest farms can legally pay migrant farm workers less than minimum wage. The news came in a report published by The Michigan... more »

Michigan ag commission elects leader, gives grants

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development elected new officers, during its regularly scheduled meeting March 27, and voted to approve Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grants. Trever Meachum of Hartford was elected Chair of... more »

Focus on precision technology at MSU Ag Innovation Day on 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 »

Michigan’s environmental assurance program hits 5,000 verifications

On March 19, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) celebrated its 5,000th verification with an event at the Lansing Center. More than 500 farmers, commodity representatives,... more »


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