Research and Pandemic Response Grants, Craft Spirits Month, Spotted Lanternfly, and more.

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September 2021


Michigan Craft Beverage Council Now Accepting Research Grant Proposals

Proposals must be received no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, October 25

MCBC is accepting 2022 research grant proposals with a maximum grant award of $40,000. Proposals must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, October 25, 2021.

While any research topic will be accepted, the Council has identified the following funding priorities: climate change impacts affecting Michigan’s craft beverage agricultural supply chain, crop quality analysis; new varieties for hops, fruit, barley, grain, or other agricultural inputs used in craft beverage production; and sustainable wastewater discharge best practices. A full list of the MCBC’s research priorities and evaluation criteria are available online.

Click here to view the application and grant guidelines, as well as past projects funded by the Council. Additional communications concerning this Request for Proposals should be sent to

September is Michigan Craft Spirits Month

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Join the Michigan Craft Distillers Association in celebrating Michigan Craft Spirits Month throughout September!

Did you know:


  • Michigan is ranked #7 nationally for number of distilleries
  • Michigan craft distillers use 2 million collective pounds of MI grown grain and fruit
  • Hundreds of medals earned from Michigan craft distillers at national competitions
  • Craft distillers are Integral to Michigan’s craft beverage tourism industry

View Governor Whitmer’s Proclamation. 

Read Michigan Craft Distiller’s Association’s press release.

Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides funding to help small specialty crop producers, food processors, manufacturers, distributors, and farmers markets recover costs incurred by responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including for measures to protect workers. This program is authorized and funded under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116—260).

Note: All applications submitted before the deadline will be considered for funding. Applications will not be reviewed on a first come first served basis.

Visit the PRS Portal for more information and to apply for the USDA PRS Grant Program!

Important Dates: Application Period Opens: September 23, 2021 Application Period Closes: 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 8, 2021

Download a pdf one-pager of this opportunity. (PDF)

MDARD Encourages Everyone to be on the Lookout for Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted Lanternfly

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is asking the public to be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect with the potential to seriously affect Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources. This insect could damage or kill more than 70 varieties of crops and plants including grapes, apples, hops, and hardwood trees.

Read the press release for more information.

Michigan Wine Collaborative 2022 Board Elections and Annual Meeting

The MWC Election and Annual Meeting will take place during the 2022 Orchard & Vineyard Show in Traverse City, January 17th-19th. An official date and time for this meeting has not been announced. Up for election are multiple board seats, executive positions, and committee chair posts. These seats can only be filled by members, so make sure your membership is up to date!

Learn more about these and other membership opportunities at

Schramm’s Mead Awarded 2021 Ag Exporter Rising Star Award

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell presented the “2021 Michigan Agriculture Exporter Rising Star Award” to Schramm’s Mead. Schramm’s Mead, located in Ferndale, is a leading producer of mead, the fermented beverage from honey.

Schramm’s Mead actively exports to the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan experiencing over 200 percent export sales growth year-over-year from 2019 to 2020. Demand for the products in several markets has been extremely high with some releases selling out within a matter of hours.

Read MDARD's full press release. 

Detroit Fall Beer Festival

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Saturday, October 23rd, Eastern Market

General admission is 1 p.m .- 6 p.m., with the gates opening at 12 noon for a VIP hour for Enthusiast Members. Tickets are $50 per person in advance, plus service fees; and $60 the day of or at the gate (if available). 

The Michigan Brewers Guild's Detroit Fall Beer Festival at Eastern Market in October is one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings around. Attendees can enjoy incredible food from Detroit area restaurants (available for purchase) and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping craft beers from Michigan breweries.

View more information and purchase tickets.

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