GRAND RAPIDS — MiBiz Staff Writer John Wiegand was selected as one of 20 journalists from across the U.S. for a fellowship on agribusiness.
Sponsored by the National Press Foundation, the four-day fellowship discussed the future of food and agriculture, including how food is grown, marketed and sold. The program, which ran July 24-27 and was based in St. Louis, Mo., also discussed controversies related to food labeling, growing methods, GMOs, pesticide and herbicide use, antibiotics, global trade and regulations. The fellowship included the exploration of working farms and a trip to Monsanto’s research facility.
Wiegand, who joined MiBiz two years ago, covers the agribusiness and manufacturing beats.
“The MiBiz newsroom fosters a learning culture, and this fellowship will give John invaluable tools to uncover agribusiness stories that impact readers in West Michigan,” said Joe Boomgaard, the editor of the Grand Rapids-based regional business publication. “This training will help us dive deeper into the agribusiness industry and continue to report the leading-edge stories our readers have come to expect.”
Agriculture remains a large and growing sector in the state that contributes $101.2 billion annually to Michigan’s economy, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Journalists selected for the fellowship included reporters at daily newspapers, public radio stations, trade press, business publications, cable news networks and online media.