Stories tagged: "agriculture"


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Keep Your Pruning Shears Away From Oak Trees This Spring, Warns Michigan’s Natural Resources Dept.

“Once oak wilt gets started, it is expensive to successfully manage and will kill all nearby red oaks over time, if untreated,” said James Wieferich, forest health specialist in the DNR’s Forest Resources Division. 

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585,000 Michigan Children Have Better Access to Fresh Food Thanks to a State-Funded Grant Program

"One of my proudest accomplishments during my legislative tenure is the growth of 10 Cents a Meal, especially here in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula,” said state Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City).

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‘Made in Michigan’: A Record Year for Food and Forest Exports Is Good News Amid Disruptions

The value of exports for Michigan agricultural, food, and forest products was way up in 2021, despite challenges.

Sugar Water or Syrup: Michigan Farmers Want You to Know About ‘Liquid Gold’ in Our Trees

Michigan is one of the best states in the country for maple syrup. So why don’t more people know about this hidden gem?

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16 Michigan Fruit Festivals to Check Out in 2022

The national cherry and blueberry fests may be the top contenders, but there’s more to see. Here’s a calendar of Michigan’s best fruit-related festivals for 2022.

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Looking for a Family Activity this Summer? Check Out These 20 Michigan U-Pick Farms.

Michigan is a great state for berries, apples, peaches, and so many other fruits. This summer, head to one of these U-Pick farms and gather some of your own!

In a March 11, 2021 photo, potatoes are examined along a conveyor belt before being loaded into a tractor trailer at the Sackett Potato farm in Mecosta, Mich. For generations, Brian Sackett's family has farmed potatoes that are made into chips. About 25% of the nation's potato chips get their start in Michigan, which historically has had reliably cool air during September harvest and late spring but now is getting warmer temperatures.
Climate Change’s Weird and Wild Weather Has Rocked Michigan Farmers

Michigan potato farmer Brian Sackett is struggling with warmer winters, showing how climate change is directly impacting our food supply.