Michigan tries to boost recycling rate, but critics argue it won’t be enough

Michigan is offering grants of up to $500,000 to improve local recycling programs. When Emmet County got a similar state grant, it bought new and bigger recycling bins for curbside pickup. The amount of recycling jumped. That’s the kind of improvement the state is hoping for with the new round of grants because its recycling rate is way below national averages.

Michigan cherry growers happy to see new tariff on Turkish cherries

Embattled Michigan cherry growers got a win last month when the president revoked Turkey’s duty-free status for cherry juice. But while the move keeps Turkey from getting free access to the U.S. market, growers say the tariff is not big enough to keep away imports that harm prices.

Local and environment officials object to farm rules change

An annual update to Michigan state agriculture practices could allow for farms to be built anywhere, critics say. But supporters of the update say that is untrue and that the proposal simplifies building procedures for many existing farms and that could lead to more agricultural business.