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An often overlooked component of the ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan would create a commercial market for pot’s more utilitarian relative: hemp.

Published in Agribiz

With an oversupply of many hop varieties in the marketplace, growers might look to curb their growth until demand increases


Published in Agribiz

Proposed federal budget cuts have the potential to wipe out key hop and barley research programs that have helped improve the quality of the raw material supply chain for craft brewers.

Published in Beer and wine

A new line of defense in the proverbial fight between man and weeds may be gaining traction among farmers and other business in West Michigan. But instead of being based on chemicals or other manmade products, this solution is much more back to nature. 

Published in In the News

Craft brewers’ increasing appetite for local ingredients has translated into a budding opportunity for Michigan hop growers. 

Published in In the News

A sociologist by training, Jeff Dwyer served in tenured positions at the University of Florida and Wayne State University before being appointed in 2006 as the senior associate dean at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. Now Dwyer plans to use the knowledge he’s acquired in those positions to lead the MSU Extension, an organization charged with helping individuals, communities and businesses access the resources available through the university. Following his appointment as director on April 4, Dwyer spoke with MiBiz about his long-term vision for the MSU Extension and how he plans to grow the 600-person organization to play a larger role in the state. 

Published in Q&A

As with other sectors of the commercial real estate market, the increased activity for many types of agricultural land right now stems from the historically low interest rates buyers can access. But with continued volatility in cash crops and in parts of the agricultural market, investors are taking an overall cautious approach to seeking out transactions.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

The craft beverage industry in West Michigan is looking quite frothy these days.

Published in Beer and wine

Michigan hop producers have been on a growth streak in recent years, fueled by demand from the state’s craft beer industry for locally sourced ingredients.

Published in Agribiz

Commercial growers pay great attention to the soils and nutrients they use with their plants, but until now, the lighting in growing operations has been mostly an afterthought.

Published in Energy
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