Michigan Food & Agriculture


Garlic Show
5:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Show off your bulbs

Inchelium Red garlic grown at Loma Farm.
Credit Peter Payette

There’s a garlic show this weekend near Traverse City. It will include a “best in show” award and there will be an auction.

Northern Michigan is not a garlic-growing region, but the cousin of the onion is important to chefs, who will judge the entries.

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8:45 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Cool weather good for Michigan's pumpkin patches


Many of us believe it's not officially autumn in Michigan until we've got pumpkins nestled on our front porches.

Today on Stateside, we heard the verdict from the state's pumpkin patch.

Ron Goldy is with the Michigan State University Extension Service. He said Michigan's pumpkin crop this year is one of the best he's seen.

"The color is good, they've ripened on time, the size is good, because the cool temperature allows them to get larger.... This is a great pumpkin year," said Goldy.

Goldy also said odd pumpkins are trending right now. In the next five years or so, we'll see more and more different styles and colors of pumpkins in the market.

* Listen to our conversation with Ron Goldy above.

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Bovine Tuberculosis
1:22 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Northern Michigan counties free of bovine tuberculosis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says seven counties in the region are now free from bovine tuberculosis – an area including Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet Counties.

That means federal officials are easing regulations on cattle farmers, who have had to test their cattle regularly for nearly 20 years. Infected herds have been destroyed.

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1:30 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Michigan’s minimum wage rises to $8.15 an hour

People making the minimum wage in Michigan got a raise Monday. The wage increased from $7.40 an hour to $8.15 an hour.

It will eventually rise to $9.25 an hour by 2018 and increase with inflation after that. That stops if the state’s unemployment rate goes above 8.5 percent.

The Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA), which lobbied against the minimum wage increase, says it expects some restaurants will raise menu prices because of Monday’s increase.

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5:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The cold winter helped bring in a big apple crop in Michigan

While we were begging for winter to end, the Michigan Apple Committee was happy for the cold temperatures.

As a result, the 2014 Michigan apple crop is expected to be 28.74 million bushels. That’s about 435 million apple pies.

Diane Smith, executive Director of the Michigan Apple Committee, said that apple trees like the cold winter. The past lengthy winter allowed for the trees to stay dormant, and not wake too early before the spring.

“The apples look beautiful, there aren't any issues, and everything’s coming along the right way,” Said Smith.

*Listen to the full interview with Diane Smith above. 

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