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New Partnership Provides Assistance for Agriculture Businesses in Northwest Michigan

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2012

Media Contact:     
Dan Boss
Program Publicity Specialist
Voice: (231) 929-5047; Email: danboss@nwm.cog.mi.us

                                                                                               

New Partnership Provides Assistance for Agriculture Businesses in Northwest Michigan

 

NORTHWEST, MI—Farmers and other agriculture businesses can access a variety of assistance programs through the new Northwest Michigan Regional Agriculture Business Services Partnership. The partnership brings together the services of an agriculture innovation counselor, an agriculture business counselor, and the Northwest Michigan Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance.

"The Regional Agriculture Business Partnership will give farmers and agriculture business owners easy access to information and resources they can use to improve their business, develop new products, or start a new business," said Elaine Wood, CEO, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG).

The Regional Agriculture Business Partnership was formed by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG), Michigan State University Extension, the MSU Product Center, and the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) has also been instrumental in providing leadership to form this partnership. Funding for the partnership is being provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and MSU Extension.

"This partnership continues MSU Extension's proud history of supporting Michigan's agriculture industry by helping entrepreneurs develop and commercialize high-value products in the agriculture, natural resources and bio-economy sectors," said Patrick Cudney, MSU Extension District Coordinator.

The partnership will offer assistance in a variety of ways including product development, marketing, business plans, financing, education and training, and farm production and distribution.

For more information about the Northwest Michigan Regional Agriculture Business Partnership contact:

Agriculture businesses can also request assistance by going to the Northwest Michigan Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance website at: nwm.org/food-system .

           

 

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