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USDA sets deadline for Conservation Stewardship applications

EAST LANSING — Farmers and private non-industrial forest owners wanting to enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Stewardship Program must submit applications by March 5 to be eligible for the current selection period. The Conservation Stewardship Program is for farmers ...

MDARD Director announces appointments to Migrant Labor Housing Advisory Board

LANSING — Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell appointed 14 members to the Migrant Labor Housing Advisory Board. The appointees represent five agriculture seats, five migrant labor seats, and four seats from other migrant agricultural worker ...

Gov. Whitmer launches bipartisan $30M Michigan Reconnect program

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined today with Republican and Democratic legislators to announce the launch of the $30 million Michigan Reconnect program, the largest effort in state history to ensure that more than 4.1 million Michiganders who are 25 or older and do not have a college ...

Agriculture Commission approves Agricultural Management Practices

LANSING — The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development approved the proposed drafts of the 2021 Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs) at its Jan. 20, 2020 meeting. The GAAMPs are reviewed each year by committees comprised of various experts and ...

Health Department offers annual fee discount for compliant food establishments

HANCOCK – At it’s regular Board of Health meeting on Monday, Jan. 25, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) voted in a one-time annual license fee discount for food service establishments that have consistently complied with Michigan’s Epidemic Orders. The 25%t discount ...

Bergman shares new update on PPP reopening and guidance

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) continues to reopen in a sequential fashion. This past Monday, Jan. 11, the PPP reopened for small businesses and other newly eligible entities that did not receive a PPP loan during the first round of the program this summer. The Small Business ...

SBA and Treasury announce PPP re-opening; Issue new guidance

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of Jan. 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only ...