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Farmers’ increasing use of credit to finance operations has left some operators financially exposed during a volatile period for the industry.

Published in Agribiz

As president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, Jim Byrum worries about trade, weather and talent — concerns shared by the farmers and food processors he talks to on a daily basis. Still, he remains optimistic for the sector’s growth next year.

Published in Crystal Ball

GRAND RAPIDS — The potential reversal of the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could jeopardize West Michigan farmers and food processors.

Published in Agribiz

ZEELAND — When a lawsuit surfaced showing one of West Michigan’s largest corporate farmers was facing insolvency, the news sent shockwaves through the state’s agricultural industry.

Published in Agribiz

WHITE CLOUD — A statewide rush to increase livestock production has proved to be a boon for one West Michigan producer of animal feed.

Published in Agribiz

As farmers across the state struggle to turn a profit in an era of depressed commodity prices, one aspect of agribusiness — food processing — continues to grow in West Michigan.

Published in Manufacturing

West Michigan-based agribusinesses and food and beverage companies will soon have a new source of capital to fund expansion projects.

Published in In the News

In 2013, the discovery of a large deposit of high-quality potash in Michigan touched off a wave of public attention.

Published in Manufacturing

When Brink Farms Inc. began construction on a rail yard off Turner Avenue in northwest Grand Rapids in 2014, the Hamilton-based bulk transportation firm hoped to alleviate capacity constraints and better serve customers shipping cargo south through the city. 

Published in Economic Development

major player in Big Agriculture is poised to expand its influence in the industry.

Published in Agribiz
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