Stories tagged: "agriculture"


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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.

Mark Fentress of CWO Farms in Detroit is excited to extend his growing season and his impact on the community.
The Detroit Urban Farmer Who Started Small and Scaled Up

Mark Fentress purchased a small plot of land, and then another. Now he grows and sells organic produce in the heart of Detroit.

Soybeans are a livelihood for Michigan farmers like Doug Darling. His farm is a story of survival in these tough times.
Michigan Soybeans Are at Risk and Farmers Are Feeling the Pinch

Soybeans are a livelihood for Michigan farmers like Doug Darling. His farm is a story of survival in these tough times.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hopes to minimize the spread of COVID-19 with a Michigan order for farmers and migrant workers to get tested for COVID-19 amidst an outbreak.
Michigan Orders COVID-19 Testing After Nearly a Dozen Outbreaks at Farms, Food-Processing Plants

The coronavirus is making its way to farms and food-processing plants. This is what they’re doing about it.

“The secret is in the soil,” says White Lotus Farms. “We started with Organic Certification but now go far beyond this. Great produce starts with great soil and our strong focus on soil enrichment produces food that is not only nutritious but also measurably more flavor. White Lotus Farms is a three acre farm 10 mins outside of Ann Arbor, MI owned and operated by a small dedicated group of people committed to flavor and beauty.” (Photos via White Lotus Facebook)
This Beloved Ann Arbor Farm Is Surviving the Pandemic Without PPP

They're crediting the success to figuring "this online thing out" right away. Michigan responded.

In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Mike Starkey offloads soybeans from his combine as he harvests his crops in Brownsburg, IN. The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China at that time caused anxiety among rural farmers and bankers. Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer said those were days of "a little bit of panic." Many farmers would probably say the same of these days as well. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
Federal Aid Isn’t Reaching Michigan Farmers. Here’s What They Need to Survive.

Michigan farmers say President Trump's trade wars have set the stage for the extent of their financial hardships during the pandemic.