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State Announces Grants For Specialty Crops

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced more than $1.2 million in grants around the state to support the specialty crop industry. Among the recipients is the Michigan State Horticultural Society in Benton Harbor.

Michigan Farm Bureau Meeting This Week

There is a huge meeting of Michigan farmers taking place in Grand Rapids over the next couple of days. More than 400 farmers will meet for the Michigan Farm Bureau’s 102nd annual meeting. President Carl Bednarski told

Volunteer Day At Warren Dunes This Weekend

There will be a volunteer stewardship day at Warren Dunes State Park this weekend. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says everyone is invited to help remove bittersweet, autumn olive, honeysuckle, and other invasive plants on Saturday.

Wahmoff Farms Trees For Troops Event Held

Wahmoff Farms in Gobles is sending Christmas trees to American soldiers. Their 15th annual “Trees for Troops” loading event was held Monday. Trees will be taken to bases in Illinois and Missouri this year. Between 330 and

Rent Costs Rising Around Michigan, Nation

Rent prices are high during the pandemic. CoreLogic economist Molly Boesel told Michigan News Network this week the average price nationwide is $1,700 per month and about $1,400 in metro Detroit. “Rental vacancy rates are extremely low,

Busy Time For Christmas Tree Sales

With the holiday season upon us, about 75% of Michigan’s Christmas trees will be sold by the end of next weekend. Michigan Christmas Tree Association Executive Director Amy Start says many Christmas tree farms are being impacted

Today Is Cyber Monday

We’ve had Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Today is Cyber Monday where many retailers have online deals for holiday shoppers. Jennifer Rook with the Michigan Retailers Association says more businesses in the state are participating in

Red Cross Urging Blood Donations

The Red Cross says the current blood supply for this time of year is the lowest it’s been in more than a decade. Red Cross spokeswoman Kathy Anthofer-Fialon says the holiday season is a critical time for