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The Growers of Tart Cherry, One of Michigan’s Most Famous Fruits, Face Challenges

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The 2022 tart cherry harvest season has been tough for many Michigan growers. While tart cherries require to be processed promptly after harvest, finding Michigan fruit processors has become a challenge as many of these factories have shut down over the last few years. 

The negative impact of climate change, competition from imports, coupled with a shortage of farm workers have not made the situation any better. As the volatility of the industry paints a grim picture, what is somewhat comforting is that many local farmers have claimed that they are not ready to give up yet.

The Northern Lights put on a rare show across Michigan

Michiganders living in the Upper Peninsula are periodically treated to displays of the famed Northern Lights. But a rare, severe (G4) geomagnetic storm Friday night meant that even those of us living below the Mackinac Bridge could see the aurora borealis.

Livestock waste making ‘Pure Michigan’ waters not so pure

Michigan boasts 11,000 inland lakes, more freshwater shoreline than any other state and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams but a new report shows some waters are being contaminated by livestock waste from concentrated animal feeding operations.