Items Tagged with 'Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development'


STEP program opens FY2020 applications

MEDC nets $900K grant from the SBA to help small businesses expand export markets.

October 25, 2019
Michigan has once again received the top award in the nation from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) for fiscal year 2020, and several dozen companies in West Michigan are expected to benefit. Read More

Policy change allows commercial solar panels on farmland

Landowners must be enrolled in Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program.

June 14, 2019
Farmers have the opportunity to add a new revenue stream to their farms. Read More

Soybean farmers feeling the weight of tariff war

Prices plunge as US, China continue feud.

June 7, 2019
Michigan soybean farmers are feeling the impact of the tariff feud between the U.S. and China. Read More

Gov. Whitmer emphasizes agriculture in state budget proposal

Double-Up Food Bucks, technology would be most notable investments.

March 29, 2019
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her Fiscal Year 2020 executive budget recommendation earlier this month. Read More

Farm loans continue to grow

Farmers experiencing fourth year of economic downturn due to low commodity prices.

August 17, 2018
The number of farming loans has increased as farmers battle the financial woes of the agricultural industry. Read More

Agricultural companies monitor brewing trade war

China was Michigan’s second largest export market in 2017.

March 30, 2018
A trade war is brewing, and Michigan might be caught in the crossfire. Read More

Michigan looks to manage milk supply

Construction of $57M dairy plant in Greenville expected to ease overflow.

March 9, 2018
Construction on a $57.9-million dairy processing plant is slated to begin as the state tries to manage its plethora of milk. Read More

Table set for food initiative

Plan aims to connect region’s natural resources, education and infrastructure assets to grow agriculture exports by 2020.

November 24, 2017
An ambitious plan is taking shape on the lakeshore to grow the region’s labor pool and expand product development and agriculture exports. Read More

Ag exporters turn eye toward China, South Korea

Five-day trade mission opens door for fruit producers and hops growers.

November 24, 2017
A trade mission to Southeast Asia may result in new export opportunities for Michigan agricultural producers. Read More

Street Talk: Commerce route still afloat

New gizmo.

November 24, 2017
The cross-lake shipping initiative the Business Journal reported on earlier this year has been delayed but still is en route, officials say. Read More