|By CARL STODDARD Capital News Service LANSING — Soon Michigan farmers will start planting millions of acres of corn, cultivating what has become a billion-dollar business in the state. Farming is one of the top three industries in Michigan, and … Continue reading →
The Holt Farmers’ Market is open year round, helping to promote local entrepreneurship, supply the city with unique items and foods, and bring a sense of community to the city of Holt.
|By LAURA BOHANNON Capital News Service LANSING — As the weather continues to fluctuate around the state, farmers are being forced to adapt to changing conditions. Amanda Shreve, the program director for the Michigan Farmers Market Association, said farmers can … Continue reading →
A Michigan State professor dug into the university’s agriculture archives to revive a 100-year-old barley seed called Spartan barley. Spartan barley was developed by Frank Spragg, a plant breeder at the Michigan Agricultural College, known today as Michigan State University. Originally developed as a Michigan-indigenous barley strain for Michigan brewers, many breweries in the state used this barley strain in the early 1900’s.
But when prohibition was voted in, brewing halted. That is until Russell Freed, MSU’s doctor of crop science, decided to revive the strain. “I got in touch with the USDA germplasm curator for barley in Idaho, Aberdeen Idaho,” Freed said, “and he sent me five grams of Spartan barley.”
|Fostering its production could help fight climate change by making it easier to produce alternatives to fossil fuels.
|By NATASHA BLAKELY Capital News Service LANSING — Good news for Michigan vineyards: the time grapes have to ripen has dramatically increased over the past few decades. “It’s nearly grown an entire month in just four decades,” said Steven Schultze, … Continue reading →
|By CARIN TUNNEY Capital News Service LANSING — Michiganders raised on meat and potatoes may soon notice a new high-protein food on their plates. That is if entomophagy experts can convince people to eat bugs. Michigan is among the areas … Continue reading →
|Removing the plants also removes excess nutrients that can be applied directly to crops as fertilizer.
|By CARIN TUNNEY Capital News Service LANSING — Some trout in Great Lakes tributaries are just as contaminated with a chemical linked to respiratory, liver and skin ailments as the Pacific salmon that they eat, according to a new study. … Continue reading →
By Caitlin DeLuca
The Williamston Post
After being reinstated by the City Council two months ago, the Williamston Farmers Market is gearing up for the 2016 season. The Farmers’ Market and its manager Marlene Epley were cut from DDA funding without warning in February. The reason for the defunding seemed to be because the market was operating at a loss. At the following City Council meeting, it was standing room only as many citizens came to both defend the market and demand the market’s and Epley’s reinstatement. The City Council voted unanimously to reinstate both and create a committee to monitor and plan the market.