The Land

The Land: Fruit expert joins local extension office.

April 24, 2018

The Land: Fruit expert joins local extension office. #TheLand By Allison Scarbrough, Editor. HART — David Jones has recently joined the Michigan State University Extension Office as the West Central Michigan Tree Fruit Extension Educator. Jones, who has a master’s degree in plant pathology and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, offers valuable knowledge for local…

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The Land: Maple Grove Farms, making syrup for 7 decades.

March 28, 2018

The Land: Maple Grove Farms, making syrup for 7 decades. #TheLand. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP (Oceana County) — Just south of the Mason-Oceana line, on 120th Avenue, sits Maple Grove Farms, owned by Jerry and Bernice Shafer. Jerry’s parents, Herb and Betty Shafer, moved to the farm when Jerry was 1-year-old, almost 79 years ago, from Indiana where…

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The Land: Egeler Beef Farm, going green.

August 28, 2017

  The Land: Egeler Beef Farm, going green. #TheLand #MasonCountyAgriculture. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief VICTORY TOWNSHIP — It’s feeding time at Egeler Beef Farm, 2940 West Victory Drive. Eric Egeler walks out to the pasture and relocates the thin electric fence. It takes about 15 minutes to move the fence and the herd follows him to the new section of…

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The Land: Dick Alway and his Deere collection.

August 19, 2017

The Land: Dick Alway and his Deere collection. #TheLand #MasonCountyAgriculture. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. The Land is a regular series that features profiles about local agriculture.  AMBER TOWNSHIP — I think the sound of the John Deere 2-cylinder engine was probably one of the first sounds I ever heard. I have heard that “pop-pop” sound all of my life. In…

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Weldon Creek 4-H/Shoup family, 65 years at the fair.

July 15, 2017

  The Land: Weldon Creek 4-H/Shoup, 65 years at the fair. #TheLand #WesternMichiganFair By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. For the past year, Mason County Press has presented The Land, a series that focuses on local agriculture. In the next few weeks, we will feature special editions to The Land, in preparation of the 79th Western Michigan Fair, which is scheduled for…

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