Local farms compete with imported turkeys during Thanksgiving

When you reminisce about the Thanksgiving season, it’s easy to envision a belly stuffed with turkey, then leaning all the way back in your favorite recliner for a nap.

The hard work of small-town turkey farmers around Michigan is likely to go unnoticed when many consumers head to the supermarket for their frozen bird

Buying local fresh produce benefits farmers

Michigan is the second-most agriculturally diverse state, with farmers growing a wide variety of produce and specialty crops, such as cherries, asparagus and blueberries. 

One bonus of buying locally grown produce is that the community’s economy benefits. 

State farmers eye upcoming federal Farm Bill

Michigan farmers, looking to expand crop insurance and research funding, are pushing to see their needs recognized as the federal Farm Bill moves along on the congressional agenda. 

“This would not be the first time that a Farm Bill was extended. It’s happened several times, but we need leadership to sit down to get the job done,” he said.

Wetland restoration revives Ohio Lake

An initiative to improve water quality throughout Ohio and Lake Erie is gaining ground — about a hundred acres to be exact. 

Wetlands have the potential to restore the water quality of the Great Lakes, though Navarro says that may take decades of dedicated wetland restoration.

Green roofs are saving green dollars

As cities continue to expand, the amount of unused rooftop space grows too.

Steven Peck, the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, said that flat roofs are wasted spaces. The organization is an association of the green roof and wall industry.

Michigan eyeing foreign farmland ownership

The recent expansion of China-owned land in the U.S. is raising concerns about the food supply chain and affordable land in Michigan.

In the Midwest, Chinese entities own around 44,000 acres, which is about an eighth of such entity property holdings in the United States, according to the USDA.