Midwest

Senators Stabenow, Peters urge COVID-19 relief for Michigan farmers

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement will update retail and foodservice buyers about government audits and the process for making changes to strengthen food safety practices for growing leafy greens during a webinar Friday, April... more »

MSU webinar focuses on selling at farmers’ markets during pandemic

An April 14 webinar at noon EDT will focus on selling at farmers' markets, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on that effort. Novel coronavirus is changing how food businesses can sell their products.... more »

Ag worker protection advisory shared for Michigan operations

Even though Michigan’s agricultural industry is recognized as a critical and essential infrastructure industry under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, agricultural employers need to continue protecting the health of workers and the broader community. Whitmer's “Stay... more »

Flexibility in Farm Service Agency loans, equitable access to credit sought

U.S. Democratic Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both of Michigan, urged the Trump Administration April 6 to ensure the continuity of the U.S. food supply and to support rural areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19)... more »

Herbruck’s Poultry Farm in Michigan donates masks during pandemic

Herbruck's Poultry Ranch Inc. of Saranac, Michigan, is donating masks during the coronavirus pandemic. The company made the following posting on its Facebook page. "Our front-line medical workers are putting their lives on the line... more »

Modified operations set by MSU plant diagnostics, nutrient outlets

Michigan State University’s Plant & Pest Diagnostics and Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory are still open for business during Michigan’s “Stay Home & Stay Safe” executive order with modified operations. Effective March 25, 2020, both Plant & Pest Diagnostics... more »

Wisconsin vegetable grower Edward ‘Ed’ Witte Jr. dies at age 91

Edward "Ed" Raymond Witte Jr., 91, a founder of Witte's Vegetable Farm in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, passed away at his farm on March 31, 2020, just shy of his 92nd birthday. Edward "Ed"... more »

Michigan Department of Agriculture teams with restaurants to sell product

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have announced a partnership that will enable restaurants to sell food and pantry items, which currently, can be... more »


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