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October 18th, 2021
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Food Producers
Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)
Deadline: October 31, 2021
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director for Alger, Marquette, Delta, and Schoolcraft counties is looking for producers interested in the USDA organic certification cost share program. Fact sheet or for more information contact Teddy Jaquette at

Fall is a great time for a FREE On-Farm Readiness Review!
Many growers of fresh produce want to know how ready they are with regards to being FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliant. In an effort to get people ready for a full implementation of FSMA, MSU Extension and the Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety Team are providing FREE On-Farm Readiness Reviews to Michigan Produce Growers. Register for your FREE OFRR here. Read more about OFRR's here.

Interactive Map of Beginning Farmer Resources
The Map of Beginning Farmer Resources in Michigan is an interactive tool showing over 75 programs for beginning and aspiring farmers in Michigan. Listings feature short videos, a website link, a program description, a list of programs offered for beginning and aspiring farmers and contact information. Color-coded resource icons can help beginning farmers target the resources they need, whether they are seeking land, funding, farm skills, marketing opportunities, conferences, advocacy organizations or other resources. The mapwebsite and video guide to the map were created with funding from North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.
  • Educator Toolkit: Map of Beginning Farmer Programs demo
    • Thursday, November 4  
    • 1 - 1:30pm Map Demo & Educator Talking Points
    • 1:30 - 2pm Q & A and Brainstorming 
    • Register!
  • Farmer Toolkit: Map of Beginning Farmer Programs demo
    • Tuesday November 9
    • Noon - 12:30pm Map Demo & Farm Startup Stories
    • 12:30 - 1pm Q & A and Brainstorming
    • Register!

New Field Crop Insect Pest Management Guide Available
Jim Isleib, MSU Extension U.P. Crop Production Educator
The new ‘MSU-OSU Field Crops Insect Pest Management Guide’ authored by MSU field crops entomologist Dr. Chris Difonzo and Ohio State University’s field crops entomologist Dr. Kelley Tilmon is now available. This type of resource has not been updated for several years and is much appreciated. It includes detailed information about current insecticides (chemistry, RUP status, re-entry intervals, class of actions, etc), comprehensive listings of insect pests, timing and types of damage caused, life cycles and control measures by crop.

The new guide is presented in 7 sections, including:

  • How to use this guide
  • Insect guide for forages
  • Insect guide for field corn
  • Insect guide for small grains
  • Insect guide for dry beans
  • Insect guide for soybeans
  • Insect guide for sugar beets
Link to guide.
Farm to School
Michigan Department of Education Announces 2021-22 10 Cents a Meal Grantees
LANSING, Mich. (Sept. 30, 2021) - The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has announced 229 grantees for the initial round of 10 Cents A Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms grants for the 2021-22 school year. The state-funded farm-to-institution program provides matching incentive funding up to 10 cents per meal to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes. With this first round announcement, the program will serve a total enrollment of nearly 554,000 children in the school, early childhood education and after school settings across the state, more than half of whom are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Read the full article here.

      2021-22 GRANTEES
  • Big Bay De Noc School District
  • Burt Township School District
  • Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area  K-12 School
  • Escanaba Area Public Schools
  • Gwinn Area Community Schools
  • Hancock Public Schools
  • Houghton-Portage Township School District
  • Inter-Tribal Council Of Michigan Head Start
  • Ishpeming Public School District No. 1
  • Negaunee Public Schools

U.P. Master Gardener Association presentations at Peter White Public Library
Please join us at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 23rd.
The U.P. Master Gardener Association is thrilled to begin this season's program with a presentation by Bill Van Kosky. His topic will be the "Versatile Hardy Geranium". Bill's presentation was postponed last year due to the COVID pandemic and subsequent closure of the library's meeting room facilities. The Shiras Room, with a normal theater seating, is now available again. Currently, the library asks that everyone wear a mask in public areas but masks are optional in the meeting rooms. Due to COVID concerns, there will be no food provided. The presentation will be interesting, fun and educational. 

About the Presentation:
Not to be confused with the bright red hothouse so-called "geraniums" often sold in springtime hanging baskets, a great many perennial geraniums are hardy in the Upper Peninsula. Plant hybridizers continue to create beautiful hybrid varieties that offer stunning visual impact in the landscape. This illustrated presentation will discuss hardy geranium cultivars that vary in size, flower color, foliage color and shade tolerance, including several beautiful new hybrids.

Corn Fertilization & Hybrid Selection Field Day: Tuesday, October 26, 10 a.m. to Noon
Intersection of Wildlife Ln & Louisa Rd, 1.5 miles north of Crivitz, WI on Louisa Rd. Host: Dudkiewicz Farms

Discussion Topics and Plot Tours:

  • Selecting Hybrids for Your Farm: What to look for Hybrid and Nitrogen Rate Plots
  • Nitrogen Fertilization: Selecting Rates, Timing, and Products
  • Starter Fertilizers: What is Best?
  • Tillage Practice Impacts on Nutrient Management Corn Management Question and Answer Session

Discussion Topics and Plot Tour order to be decided day of event.
Discussion Topics Led/Facilitated by:

  • Scott Reuss, Agriculture Agent, UW-Madison, Division of Extension, Marinette and Oconto Counties

  • Jamie Patton, Sr. Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison NPM Program

  • Pioneer and Country Visions personnel

  • Joe and Ashley Dudkiewicz, Host Farmers

Field day is free, pre-registration not required. Contact Scott Reuss with any questions, 715-732-7510 or

2021 Women, Food, and Agriculture Network Conference: November 3-6
Registration is open for the 2021 virtual Women, Food and Agriculture Network conference. Registration is $40 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships are available. This year's theme is "Landscapes of Resilience: Embracing the Power of Community" featuring keynote by Karen Washington. Register for the conference here

Institute of Agricultural Technologies Program Coordinator - Bay College
Application Deadline: July 23, 2023 
IAT Programs Coordinator – This position will be responsible for the overall coordination and management of the IAT and other feeder programs located at Bay College. Visit the Institute of Agricultural Technology at for program information. The position provides leadership for the IAT programs located at Bay Community College. The current program offering is Agricultural Operations. Responsibilities include:(1) counseling and advising students; (2) student recruitment, and internship placement and monitoring; (3) teaching courses in career development, leadership, communications, internship and other courses in the candidates area of expertise and/or as needed by the program; (4) fostering a working relationship with the agricultural industry, high school counselors and teachers, and diverse communities in the service district of Bay Community College; (5) evaluation of the programs and curriculum; (6) working closely with appropriate Departments for program delivery and development, and (7) assisting the with the exploration and development of new off-campus programs in partnership with Bay Community College. To find out more information and to apply, click here.
Grant Opportunities
 USDA Grant Opportunities Other Grant Opportunities
*NEW LISTING* WANTED: Gitche Gumee Ciderworks in Hancock, MI will begin buying apples on October 1st at $.20 per pound, or in exchange for a portion of the fresh pressed cider if pickers would like to be involved in the work of pressing. Accepting apples of all sorts so long as they are clean with unbroken skin and have never been sprayed or treated with pesticides. Contact Chris at to arrange a time to come to the cidery to weigh.

*NEW LISTING* SALE: Hay, 1st, 2nd, 3rd crop alfalfa baleage. Call Jim (906) 644-2107.

*NEW LISTING* FREE: 30 ACRE HAY STUMPAGE. Looking for farmer to cut hayfield or develop crop annually. No rent or lease required. McMillan, Lakefield Township. Call Ed or Doris (713) 851-5987 or (281) 787-3179.

FOR SALE: Simmental Bulls, mature and young, registered and non-registered. Call Duane Kolpack (906) 362-6862.

FOR SALE: 2nd and 3rd crop alfalfa, small square bales. Marenger Potato Farm, Flat Rock. (906) 384-6587.

FOR SALE: Registered Dexter cattle, all ages and models. Call Tolfree Farms (906) 884-2351 or email

FOR SALE: Hay, large square bales 3x3x7.75 Timothy grass, 4,000 to sell. Former dairy farm doing all big square bales hay. Call Dave Bell in the EUP 906-440-6455 or email Also a realtor in the UP so contact me for real estate here,

Beautiful property in the Upper Michigan, 130 acres In Perkins for sale or pasture for rent for livestock for the 2021 season. Beautiful river running through it. Great for hunting, building or developing, or simple grazing livestock. Land is divided into 9 paddocks with high tensile electric fence and 5 stock watering ponds. Call (906) 359-4825.

FARM FOR SALE: Upper Peninsula Farm with over 1,100 acres, water access, maple syrup production, and much more! Contact Henry DeGroot (906) 238-4251, Upper Peninsula Farm For Sale | Wells Township | Shady Lane Farms (

FOR SALE: John Deere B. Clean, less than 50 hrs on rebuild. Allis-Chalmers C. New paint, runs good. Hay Hauler. Hauls up to 10—4x6 round bales, use spear on back, don’t have to unhook. Call Terry (906)644-2777.

FOR SALE: International 5000, Self-propelled 14 foot windrower cab-hydro-diesel, has detachable hay conditioner. Stored inside, field ready. $5000 (906) 988-2397.

52’elevator Kewanen PTO drag line NH 56 Rake
Gehl Round Baler 4x4
3 pt wheel rake 16’ wide
3 hay wagons with racks All used last year
(906) 988-2397

FOR SALE: Simm Angus Bulls-Genomic Tested, Balanced EPD’s, Great Disposition, born Fall of 2020. (906)281-0808 or (815)614-0163.

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Putting the Garden to Bed
By Deana Wojcik
With the projected first frost date approaching quickly , and the end of Daylight Saving not far behind, it’s time to prepare gardens for the winter months. While shorter days and cooler temperatures signal the end of the summer harvest, there is still time to reap the bounty of a fall garden and prepare for a productive spring. Here’s how.
Know Your Farmer: Finndian Farms
By Alex Palzewicz
Nestled between the Hiawatha National Forest and Lake Michigan on the Garden Peninsula, Gail Sulander and Greg Gierke co-own Finndian Farms in Manistique. The name is exactly what you think– Gail is Finnish and Greg is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Together, they produce maple syrup, care for chickens, and restore the property by introducing native plants and letting nature do its thing. Click here to read the full article.
Keep Eating Locally, Even After Market Season Ends
By Deana Wojcik
In October, many of Michigan’s farmers markets will close for the season, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop eating locally. With some planning (and canning!), you can keep your kitchen stocked with local food throughout the coldest months. Here are some tips for eating healthfully and locally this winter.

More to read...

Check out the U.P. Food Exchange's website here.
Check out the UPFE Online Marketplace for institutional purchasers here
Check out Michigan's Conservation Districts website here
Check out the Western U.P. Food System Council's website here.
Check out the Michigan's On-Farm Produce Safety website here
Check out the Taste the Local Difference newsletter here.
Check out the MSU UP Research & Extension Center monthly newsletter here.
Check out Marquette Food Co-op's newsletter here.

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