Cherry growers worry about rising imports

By KALEY FECH Capital News Service LANSING – Michigan is the nation’s top producer of tart cherries but increasing imports from foreign countries worry the state’s growers. “Michigan grows 75 to 80 percent of the U.S. supply of tart cherries … Continue reading →

Williamston City Council sees ‘spirited’ back-and-forth, developments in city manager search

What was once a calm Williamston City Council meeting turned into a heated debate within the city hall chambers, pitting the Farmers’ Market Ad Hoc Committee and the Williamston City Council. A “spirited back-and-forth” is how the newly-minted council member Daniel Rhines described it. The Williamston Farmers’ Market is set to run for May 20 to Oct. 14. It’s an annual tradition many residents are fond of — including a number of council members.

The Meridian Winter Farmers’ Market has features you don’t want to miss

Local products, fresh food, and wine. These are the many benefits of the Meridian Winter Farmers’ Market. Benefits township residents may want to take advantage of. Meridian Township keeps its farmers’ market schedule active during the cold months from December through April. The township hosts its indoor winter farmers’ market on the first and third Saturdays of each month in meridian mall.

Farmers eye tariff as potential trouble

By KALEY FECH Capital News Service LANSING – Many Michigan farmers are worried about a potential backlash as a result of higher federal tariffs and new international trade policies. “The big concern in agriculture right now is that by leveling … Continue reading →

East Lansing’s government-run Farmer’s Market dealing with religious separation issues

The East Lansing Farmer’s Market is a government-run entity that has had issues with religious groups and organizations in the past. “I don’t know if you want to go as far as to say there was a church spiritual function as opposed to a public function. They were representing the church vs/ the general public. What we’ve tried to do in situations of that nature is have honor. I mean, I don’t see it as a church and state issue,” said Tim McCaffrey, the director of the City of East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts.

More farmers may lease land for solar projects

By AGNES BAO Capital News Service LANSING – As solar energy soars in popularity in Michigan, solar leasing has become a  profitable option for farm owners. Under agreements with private solar developers, farmers can earn rental payments varying from $500 … Continue reading →