The Land

Farm to Fork Gala brings farmers and community members together.

December 18, 2019

Farm to Fork Gala brings farmers and community members together. #TheLand is a series telling the stories about local agriculture. It is a presentation of Peterson Farms. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. VICTORY TOWNSHIP — What safety protocols go into producing milk? What impact have trade tariffs had on local farmers? What career opportunities are there locally for agriculture? Why aren’t…

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Deer baiting among hot topics at Michigan Farm Bureau centennial meeting.

December 6, 2019

Deer baiting among hot topics at Michigan Farm Bureau centennial meeting. The Land is a series telling the stories about local agriculture. It is a presentation of Peterson Farms. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief GRAND RAPIDS — Earlier this week the Michigan Farm Bureau held its 100th annual meeting at the Amway Grand Plaza and Devos Center. Over 400 voting delegates…

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3- county fruit tree research station planned in Oceana.

November 17, 2019

3- county fruit tree research station planned in Oceana.  The Land is series telling the stories about local agriculture. It is a presentation of Peterson Farms. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. WEARE TOWNSHIP (Oceana County) — A fruit tree research center in northern Oceana County is being planned by the newly formed West Central Michigan Horticultural Research, Inc. The 6,000 square…

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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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