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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.

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.

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.

While both Michigan’s egg producers and the Michigan Farm Bureau might agree that there should be national standards for the production of eggs, they differ on how to arrive at that destination.

While all eyes are focused on the fast-approaching fiscal cliff, another legislative drama is being played out behind the scenes: the 2012 Farm Bill.

What was once seen as an interesting science fair project is looking more like it has potential to be a commercial reality.

West Michigan and the Netherlands share much more than a common ancestry and many familiar family and city names.

West Michigan wineries excited for 2012 vintage

Written by | Saturday, 13 October 2012 22:52 |

Those wine enthusiasts that immediately pass on Michigan wines in favor of more complex quaffs may want to give the state’s 2012 vintages another look.

Cider Pressed: Range of factors contributing to higher costs

Written by | Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:33 |

Like the proverbial canary in the mine, the first apple processors to feel the squeeze from this year’s bad harvest are the cider mills.

For Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., Michigan wasn’t the first choice for its new plant, but it ended up being the best option.

The challenges keep coming for Michigan farmers.

Ottawa Co. studies ag incubator

Written by | Sunday, 05 August 2012 18:04 |

One West Michigan county plans to study whether it can feasibly tap into its historical roots in agriculture to create a new business incubator aimed at creating a sustainable economic future.

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