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Groups seek specialty crop grants

LANSING — Michigan produces the third-largest crop of apples in the nation each year, but with new federal grants to raise the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crops, apples — as well as blueberries, cherries and asparagus — may have the chance for further promotion.

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End to pet shop inspections concerns humane groups

LANSING — The Department of Agriculture suspended its pet shop inspections last October for budget reasons, and animal welfare groups remain concerned about pets’ well-being.

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Grants spotlight lighthouse projects

LANSING — Several Michigan lighthouses are seeking grants to keep their lights shining, and their roofs, windows and paint in ship-shape condition.

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Nurture small businesses, create jobs, experts say

LANSING — Money may not grow on trees, but experts say the best way to foster small business growth is through “economic gardening.”

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