Amtrak's new passenger cars will be in service later this year on Midwest routes.

Full steam ahead: Amtrak focused on resuming regular service to Michigan routes

PASSENGER TRAINS: Amtrak trimmed service on its three Michigan routes due to lower passenger demand during the pandemic but has plans to restore service and provide new passenger cars. There’s also some discussion of adding service between Ann Arbor, Howell and Traverse City. We hear from MDOT, Amtrak and an Allen Park legislator. By Samuel Blatchford. FOR HILLSDALE, COLDWATER, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, FOWLERVILLE, LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

New state plan has hemp growers uncertain about the future

INDUSTRIAL HEMP: Hemp growers are concerned because the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has raised testing and licensing fees for industrial hemp growers. Some say the higher costs may dissuade them from planting this year. We hear from growers in Empire and Honor and from a Ferrysburg-based association representing growers statewide. By Sam Blatchford. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, LEELANAU, BENZIE, TRAVERSE CITY, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.