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.

Two new plants needed to process $1.6 billion in Michigan milk

Michigan farmers, now among the top dairy producers in the nation, are suffering from the state’s lack of capacity to process milk. New plants are in the works for Greenville and St. Johns. We talk to a Westphalia farmer, Michigan Milk Producers, Farm Bureau and Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Sweet historical discoveries at maple sugaring camps

Archaeological excavations at four sites in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are shedding new light on historic maple sugaring operations and the people – mostly Native Americans and French-Canadians – who ran them.

Measure seeks to prevent potato diseases

It may become mandatory for most potato seed growers to use only certified seed to prevent the spread of diseases that can threaten a valuable part of Michigan’s agricultural economy, under a bill awaiting the governor’s signature.

Farmers eye tariff as potential trouble

Many farmers are worried about possible retaliatory trade tariffs for agricultural products that Michigan exports to China and elsewhere. We talk to soybean, milk and agri-business groups about the potential impacts.