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Announcements & Information

 

The Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance provides information for stakeholders. For more information, contact us.

 

 

 

Farm Business Viability Series 2014
Classes to be held February 4 through March 18, 2014,
5-7 p.m. at Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
600 E. Front Street, Traverse City

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Double Up Food Bucks

The Double Up Food Bucks program allows Bridge Card users to double their money up to $20 when they use their Card to buy fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. Watch the video to find out more about how to use the Double Up Food Bucks program.

 

 

 


Ag Business Partnership Formed

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 .

 

The Northwest Michigan Regional Agriculture Business Services Partnership offers a variety of assistance to farmers and other agriculture businesses. The Partnership was formed by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Michigan State University Extension, the MSU Product Center and the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center. Watch the video to see highlights from a press conference where the partnership was announced.

 

 


Farm Succession Study

Susan Cocciarelli of the Ag & Food System Sector Alliance Discusses Farm Succession

The results of a Michigan Farm Succession Study were presented at a meeting of the Northwest Michigan Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance in Traverse City. The study was done by Michigan State University in partnership with the USDA. Watch the video to find out what the study revealed about the future of Michigan farms.

 

 


Pasture-Based Beef Production in Northwest Michigan

A Pilot Project for Pasture-Based Beef Production

Pasture-based beef production in northwest Michigan was discussed at a meeting of the Northwest Michigan Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance in Traverse City. Dr. Jason Rowntree from Michigan State University, is working to develop a pilot project for the region's beef production that would include connecting famers, processors, distributors and retailers. Watch the video to find out more.

 

 


Food Hub Information

Food Hub Study Reviewed at Ag and Food System Meeting

A feasibility study for the Grand Traverse Regional Market was reviewed at a meeting of the Northwest Michigan Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance in Traverse City. Watch the video to find out more about plans for a regional food hub and how it could help famers and other businesses connected to the local food system.

 
     

Regional Market Could Help Northern Michigan Farmers

The effort to develop a food hub called the Grand Traverse Regional Market was discussed at a meeting of the Northwest Michigan Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance in Traverse City. Watch the video to find out how a food hub could help famers and other food related businesses.The effort to develop a food hub called the Grand Traverse Regional Market was discussed at a meeting of the Northwest Michigan Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance in Traverse City. Watch the video to find out how a food hub could help famers and other food related businesses.

 
     

Farmer Says Food Hub Would be Convenient for Customers

Dan Hubbell owns Hubbell Farm in Leelanau County. He says a regional food hub in Traverse City would make it more convenient for customers to buy his products. Watch the video to find out more.

 
     

Fish Company Owner Says Food Hub Could Help Develop Products

Mackinac Straits Fish Company owner Jill Bentgen thinks a regional food hub could help businesses develop commercially feasible products. Watch the video to find out more.
 
     

Fruit Grower Thinks Food Hub is a Great Idea

Ken Engle is a Grand Traverse County fruit grower. He says a food hub could help local famers with distribution and developing new products. Watch the video to find out more.
 

 


About Local Foods

Agriculture and Food Sector Alliance Talks About Local Foods

The importance of local foods provided the focus for the December meeting of the Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance of Northwest Michigan. Alliance members say having access to that kind of information is important to the region's Ag and Food System. Watch the video to hear what some of the Alliance members had to say.
 
     

Selling Local Food Helps Grocer be Successful

Tim Metcalfe from Metcalfe Markets in Wisconsin came to Traverse City, Michigan to talk with the Agriculture & Food System Sector Alliance about the importance of using local food. Watch the video to find out what Metcalfe thinks are some of the keys to being successful while selling local foods.
 
     

Meat Market Owner Promotes Local Foods

Bartlett Durand owns Black Earth Meats in Wisconsin and works to promote local foods. He talked about his business and the importance of local foods at a meeting of the Agriculture & Food System Sector Alliance in Traverse City, Michigan. Watch the video to hear what Durand has to say about local foods.