For Keith Creagh, a 33-year veteran of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the chance to lead the agency as it takes on the broader mission of strengthening the state's rural communities is allowing him to put his passion for agricultural policy back to work.
Michigan's agricultural community has a new headache — a bug smaller than an inch that can do a number on fruit and vegetables.
Gov. Rick Snyder has officially changed the name of the Michigan Department of Agriculture to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
2010 ended with national recalls of parsley, alfalfa sprouts and cilantro because of possible salmonella contamination. The recalls were just the latest problems that prompted Congress to revamp the nation's food safety system.
Lawn companies and retailers say they won't have a hard time complying with a new statewide ban on phosphorus in fertilizer, since many townships, cities and counties already have similar bans.
State Department of Agriculture workers are combing the forests of Ottawa County's Park Township this week for signs of a tree-killing bug called the hemlock woolly adelgid.
The invasive insects have decimated hemlock forests along the East Coast.
At the Michigan Food Processors Summit today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Michigan State University released new economic figures highlighting the state's growing food processing industry, which generates nearly $25 billion in overall economic activity and employs nearly 134,000 Mi
The Michigan House this afternoon overwhelmingly approved legislation to ban the practice of using poisonous gas to euthanize unwanted dogs and cats, state Rep. Rick Jones announced.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm has canceled the Michigan State Fair, saying de bt-ridden Michigan could no longer afford to subsidize it. Granholm's decision makes Michigan the only Midwestern state and one of few nationwide without a state fair.
USDA's Economic Research Service has found that expanding local food systems increases employment and income within that community.