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May 2022


Researcher Profile: Steven Van Nocker

Michigan State University, Department of Horticulture

Steven Van Nocker

The goal of Dr. Van Nocker’s research is to identify and develop apple cultivars specifically suited for making hard cider in Michigan. Premium hard cider relies on specialty cultivars, which contain very high levels of acids, sugars and/or tannins. Traditional hard cider apple cultivars were mostly developed in Europe, where growing conditions can be very different than those in Michigan. He hopes to produce an assortment of cultivars that are reliable producers, easy for growers to manage and that stay free of disease. 

Learn more about this exciting research.

Pruning for Disease Management and Yield Benefits in Hops

MSU Extension-Hops releases updated article

Michigan Hops

Pruning is an important agronomic practice that can have a major impact on hop yield and quality. Methods and timing of pruning will depend upon grower preference, irrigation placement and practice, cultivar, vigor of the yard, yard age, latitude and location, timing, disease severity from the previous season, and seasonal growing conditions after the operations. Read the full article here.

Terroir and Placemaking

The Impact of Craft Beverage on Rural Communities

Jenelle Jagmin, Michigan Craft Beverage Council presenting at MI Rural Development Conference

Jenelle Jagmin of the Michigan Craft Beverage Council gave a presentation at the Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference, May 16-18. The presentation focused on Michigan’s unique agricultural contributions to craft beverage production, the significant positive impacts craft beverage businesses have on Michigan communities, and ways regional economic development partners can support and attract breweries, cideries, wineries, and craft distilleries.

The audience was encouraged to share examples of craft beverage impacts from their communities, resulting in lively and fun discussions.

If you are interested in having a similar presentation in your network or would like to share a personal story of craft beverage and community, please contact Jenelle at

Midwest Buyers Mission – Michigan Supplier Showcase

Are you a Michigan food or beverage business interested in meeting with international buyers?

PMBC and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) invite you to submit your interest in participating in the Midwest Buyers Mission in Grand Rapids on Monday, July 25th, with the cost of your attendance covered by PMBC, if you are selected. Selected businesses will be invited to join the PMBC and MDARD teams at the event, to meet with international buyers interested in purchasing Michigan food and beverage products.

Additional details and buyer needs are available here, an application is due by June 2.

2022 Craft Beverage Touring Guides are Available

View and share digital versions of these craft beverage touring guides. The magazines are available for free at Welcome Centers and tasting rooms around the state. 

Michigan Wine Country magazine cover 2022

Michigan Wine Country

Just in time for Michigan Wine Month! Michigan's premier wine touring guide includes articles, event listings, and comprehensive winery location map. 


Great Beer State magazine cover 2022

The Great Beer State

Help the Michigan Brewers Guild celebrate 25 years! Time travel through MBG history with Fred Bueltmann, learn about craft brewing education opportunities, and more!


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