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June 2021


Small Grains for Brewing & Distilling Field Day

June 25, Hickory Corners

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Join Michigan State University Extension at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) to expand your understanding of the variety performance of small grains used for brewing and distilling throughout the state. This field day will showcase the research and provide networking opportunities for those engaged with the industry.

This year, 21 winter rye varieties and over 100 spring and winter barley varieties are being trialed, along with an oat variety trial and a small grain fungicide trial. Attendees will have the opportunity to view multiple plots and hear speakers covering a variety of topics. Learn more about this event.

Registration is free of charge.

Michigan Cider Association Seeks Competition Judges

July 28-30, Grand Rapids

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Would you or someone you know make a great hard cider judge? The Great Lakes International Cider Competition is looking to fill a number of volunteer positions, including judges. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit and complete the questionnaire or email with questions.

Judgement of Michigan Wines

August 3, Benton Harbor

The Michigan Wine Collaborative is now accepting entries for the Judgement of Michigan Wines. This event will bring in professionals from around the state to evaluate submissions, in addition to offering media tours, promotion opportunities, and an industry meet and greet. Read more about this exciting, new event!

Download the Judgement of Michigan Wine Entry Packet.

Michigan Brewers Guild Golf Outing

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The Michigan Brewers Guild has planned a series of “Great Beer State Golf Outings” in support of Michigan breweries and the Guild. The next outing will be held on Wednesday, August 11, at Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, followed by an outing on Saturday, October 9, at Treetops Resort in Gaylord.

Learn more about registration and sponsorship opportunities. This is a great opportunity to enjoy comradery on the course and support Michigan’s craft brewers!

Michigan Craft Beverage Council Seeks Research Input

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As the Michigan Craft Beverage Council identifies research program priorities for the next cycle of grants, we are asking the industry for their input on important topics. Over the last three years, MCBC has invested more than $1 million toward projects to support and enhance Michigan’s craft beverage industry.

To submit your craft beverage research topic suggestions, you may either participate in our poll, or email your ideas directly to

View a list of previously funded projects and grants information.

Research reports are easily searchable in our grants database.

MDARD Announces Public Input Period for Rural Development Fund Grants

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced a public input opportunity for the Rural Development Fund Grants Program. To ensure effective program priorities, MDARD is asking that public comments be emailed to by Friday, July 2, 2021.

View the full press release for more information.

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