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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.

Downtown Grand Rapids offers all the right ingredients to attract national restaurant chains.

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.

Restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced it has acquired three Wendy's restaurants in North and South Carolina. 

What was once a basement hobby for a dedicated few now has many in the state viewing craft brewing as an economic engine for the state.

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.

A mere 15 months after launching an offbeat diner in downtown Grand Rapids, owner Ryan Cappelletti has reached the enviable position where he can hand over the keys to his fellow workers.

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.

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