announcements and dates to remember

MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Field Day

Saturday July 25
E3744 University Drive
Chatham, MI

Join the UPREC team on Saturday, July 25th at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, located in Chatham, Mich., to tour the various research efforts underway at the farm. Featured topics include: grazing and pasture management, the Chatham Red Angus herd, malting barley and forage variety trials, season extension technologies at the North Farm, and a rainfall simulation to illustrate infiltration.

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the South Farm, located at E3774 University Drive, less than one mile south of the Village of Chatham on Highway M-94. The tour will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with transportation provided throughout the Farm. You will have the opportunity to tour both the North and South Farm sites and interact with the various researchers and staff conducting research at the Center.  

A free lunch is provided, sponsored by the Hiawathaland Farm Bureau, but registration is strongly encouraged so everyone can be accommodated.  Please register here.

Strategic Growth Initiative Grant Program Announced

A grant opportunity designed to encourage growth in Michigan’s food and agriculture industry was recently announced by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams.  

“This is a great chance for our food and agriculture businesses to find innovative ways to expand and grow.  Food and agriculture in Michigan is a $101 billion industry. This is one avenue to help spur job creation, support local communities and drive new economic development,” said Clover Adams.

This initiative has been developed to focus on removing existing barriers and leveraging opportunities identified by food processors, agri-business, and those in agricultural production as critical to business development and growth. Priority will be given to projects that identify a scope of work that includes one or more of the following as it relates to the food and agriculture industry:

1. Talent/Workforce Development (e.g. training activities)
2. Infrastructure/Logistics (e.g. broadband access)
3. Feasibility Studies (e.g. enhancing value added capacity)

All application materials including the program overview and fillable application form are available on MDARD’s website  Applications are due to MDARD by 3pm EST on July 22, 2015.

Have you or your organization signed the Resolution of Support for the Michigan Good Food Charter?

Currently, over 380 organizations throughout the state and more than 460 individuals have signed the Resolution and shown their support for the six goals of the Charter and the promotion of food that is Healthy, Green, Fair, and Affordable.
The six Michigan Good Food Charter Goals are:
  1. Michigan institutions will source 20 percent of their food products from Michigan growers, producers and processors.
  2. Michigan farmers will profitably supply 20 percent of all Michigan institutional, retailer and consumer food purchases and be able to pay fair wages to their workers.
  3. Michigan will generate new agri-food businesses at a rate that enables 20 percent of food purchased in Michigan to come from Michigan.
  4. Eighty percent of Michigan residents (twice the current level) will have easy access to affordable, fresh, healthy food, 20 percent of which is from Michigan sources.
  5. Michigan Nutrition Standards will be met by 100 percent of school meals and 75 percent of schools selling food outside school meal programs.
  6. Michigan schools will incorporate food and agriculture into the pre-K through 12th grade curriculum for all Michigan students and youth will have access to food and agriculture entrepreneurial opportunities.
If you are supporting any of the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter, please consider signing the Resolution of Support, and joining others in continuing to develop Michigan’s food system. To learn more visit the Michigan Good Food Charter website.

Michigan Good Food Fund Launches to Grow Michigan’s Good Food Future

The Michigan Good Food Fund—a new public-private partnership loan and grant fund created to address lack of healthy food access in rural and urban communities alike by supporting good food entrepreneurs across the state—launches today.

The Michigan Good Food Fund addresses the significant need for healthy food access in rural and urban communities alike. While Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation with food and agriculture contributing $101.2 billion annually to the state's economy, more than 1.8 million Michigan residents—including 300,000 children—live in lower-income communities with limited healthy food access. The lack of access to affordable and nutritious food has serious implications for the health of our children and families—more than 30 percent of Michiganders are obese, the second highest rate of obesity in the Midwest region. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted.

The Michigan Good Food Fund supports efforts across the value chain including healthy food production, distribution, processing, marketing and retail projects. It will offer financing through flexible, competitive loans as well as grants investments with a mission-driven approach targeting those enterprises often overlooked by traditional sources of financing, Lending will be bolstered by business assistance to help entrepreneurs grow their ventures and build a pipeline of investment-ready projects.

To learn more, visit the Michigan Good Food Fund website.


work opportunities in good food

Nutrition Program Instructor--Chippewa County Health & Nutrition Institute

WORK LOCATION: Chippewa County MSU Extension,  Bay Mills Community College, 1723 W. Iroquois Row, Brimley, MI  49715
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: [100] % / [40] Hours per Week
Job Summary:  The individual hired into this position will be responsible for the oversight and delivery of health and nutrition education programs in Chippewa & Mackinac Counties; may also have responsibility for providing guidance to other staff.
To apply for this position:
Visit the Michigan State University Applicant Page at, select the MSU Extension button in the middle of the page, and look for posting # 1518

Exchange (Food Hub) Manager
Allen Neighborhood Center
​, Lansing

We are seeking a full-time Exchange Manager who will:

Provide aggregation and distribution services to increase sales of regionally grown food and food products to commercial and institutional buyers, e.g., restaurants, hospitals, schools, caterers, grocers, buying clubs, etc.

Check out the job posting to learn more.
Cover Letter & Resume due Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Submit to: Rita O’Brien, Allen Market Place Associate Director
Allen Neighborhood Center
1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912

Central Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

UPFE Policy Commitee Meeting

(First Tuesday of every month) 

Tuesday July 7, 9am at the Marquette Food Co-op

CUP Farm to School Committee Meeting

Tabled for the season. Contact Sarah Monte to get on the mailing list at

Contact Natasha Lantz at or 906-225-0671 x 711 for more information about CUP food hub committees.

Western Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

WUP Food Hub Steering Committee

Tuesday June 30, 6pm at the Health Department in Hancock, 540 Depot Street, behind McGanns Hardware in the blue building. Contact Ray Sharp at (906) 482-7382, Ext. 163 for more information.

Eastern Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

EUP Food Hub Steering Committee

(Third Wednesday of the month)
Next meeting is August 19, 9-10:30AM CLM Conservation District Office

Please contact Michelle Walk at or 906-635-6368 if you would like to become involved in this committee.

EUP Healthy Food Access Commitee

(First Wednesday of the month)
July 1, 11:00AM-noon Sault Tribe Health Center Auditorium

Please contact Heather Hemming at if you are interested in being involved with this committee.


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