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BATTLE CREEK — Reggie Mahoney’s work life gets a bit crazy every year from July through August.

Advances in growing techniques and higher yields have put a strain on apple processing and packaging plants in West Michigan, particularly in northwestern Kent County.

The failure by the U.S House of Representatives in late June to pass the historically bipartisan “Farm Bill” has many in Michigan — a state with the second-most diverse crop array in the country and where agriculture accounts for approximately $90 billion in revenue — feeling a sense of unease about the future.

Angie Jackson is among a growing number of people who are finding gainful employment as a result of the artisan distilled liquors being made in Michigan.

Ask people to describe the taste of a Honeycrisp apple grown on West Michigan’s Fruit Ridge and you’re likely to get responses talking about the crisp fruit’s sweet-tart rush of juices.

Q&A: Jamie Clover Adams

Written by | Sunday, 26 May 2013 22:00 |

Having grown up on a farm in Ionia County, Jamie Clover Adams has spent her whole life involved in agriculture.

For local would-be food entrepreneurs, incubators give them a chance to get their ideas out of the kitchen and into the market.

With an economic impact that exceeds $91 billion, more people are taking note that Michigan’s agricultural industry is a large driver of growth for the state.

With a background in accounting, Scott Hammontree traded the life of a bean counter for the rock and roll life.

Local malter aims to serve state’s booze biz

Written by | Sunday, 17 March 2013 22:00 |

GRAND RAPIDS — Despite being fairly complicated to brew, the ingredient list for most beers is pretty small. It’s as simple as water, hops and malt.

An ambitious five-year strategic plan for Michigan’s tourism industry aims to draw far more travelers to the state, boost the economic impact by nearly 20 percent and begin to take the “Pure Michigan” brand around the world.

Herbruck’s plans $17.5M expansion in Ionia Co.

Written by | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 14:17 |

 Ionia County egg producer Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch secured a $500,000 performance-based Michigan Business Development Program grant to help with the company’s $17.5 million expansion project.

Food packaging may quickly get tossed in the trash when it comes time to eat what’s inside, but the technology inherent in much of that packaging is anything but garbage.

While the rest of the country fixated on the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations, behind the scenes, a quieter drama with potentially dire consequences was playing out with the package of legislation known as the Farm Bill.

Farmers get creative with risk management

Written by | Sunday, 06 January 2013 23:14 |

As farmers look to the 2013 growing season, none relish the thought of having a repeat of 2012.

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