Midwest

Commercial solar development on Michigan farms receive clear path

On June 3, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell announced MDARD’s decision to allow land currently enrolled in the department’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program... more »

NAFDMA to offer July agritourism tour

The North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) is offering a July tour of Minnesota agritourism. Thirteen farms will be visited during the two days of the tour, July 23-24, with buses departing from Bloomington,... more »

AppHarvest secures $82 million to build eastern Kentucky greenhouse

AppHarvest said May 21 it has closed an $82 million deal with Equilibrium Capital to build the company’s 60-acre greenhouse in Morehead, Kentucky. In addition, ValueAct Spring Fund has led the company’s Series A, with... more »

John Driver named Great Lakes territory sales manager

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI) (NASDAQ: MBII), a producer of sustainable biopesticide and plant health solutions, has appointed John Driver as U.S. Great Lakes territory sales Manager effective immediately. Driver brings over 19 years of... more »

Reinke new MSU educator for fruits, vegetables based in Berrien County

Mike Reinke is the new IPM Educator for fruits and vegetables based in Berrien County and housed at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center. Within Michigan State University's... more »

Purdue horticulture professor one of eight faculty Fulbright Scholars

“A lot of people don’t know this, but tomatoes originated in the Andes Mountains,” said Lori Hoagland, associate professor of horticulture at Purdue University.  “For that reason, understanding soil biodiversity there has major implications for... more »

Urban food-system project pursued at Ohio State University-Mansfield

The Ohio State University at Mansfield is launching an urban sustainable food-system project that will increase area residents’ access to fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops while supporting the local economy. The project, developed and... more »

BrightFarms plans hydroponic greenhouse in Snyder County, Pennsylvania

BrightFarms Inc., a producer of locally grown leafy greens and herbs, will expand into Pennsylvania by constructing a new hydroponic greenhouse. The project is expected to create more than 50 jobs at the selected Snyder... more »


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