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July 2022


Governor Whitmer Signs Bill Helping Michigan Distilleries

Governor Whitmer signs craft distiller bill

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4842 into law, which cuts costs for small Michigan distilleries and supports Michigan grain farmers. House Bill 4842 assists Michigan's growing craft distillery industry by lowering mark-up costs associated with the purchase of Michigan grain, increasing the number of bottles distillers can produce while saving them and their customers money.

Read the full press release.

Qualified Distiller Program

Are you a Michigan distiller with questions about becoming qualified per PA 135 of 2022? Please enter your email here to be added to the qualified distiller listserv, and you’ll receive notifications as the process is announced. Please contact Jenelle Jagmin with any questions at517-930-0696.

Applications Now Open for the Capital City Market Local Vendor Summit

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Pure Michigan Business Connect, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), and the Michigan State University (MSU) Product Center are partnering with Meijer to connect their market format stores (Bridge Street, Capital City, Rivertown and Woodward Corner) to Michigan food and beverage suppliers through a local vendor event in Lansing. The event includes a presentation from Meijer market format store directors on how vendors can do business with their stores, resources available through the partner group and pre-scheduled, one-on-one meetings with vendors and buyers/category managers. It will be held in August and is invite-only to include Michigan businesses Meijer has pre-selected for participation. Interested businesses should apply by July 15.

Learn more and register for this event.

Researcher Profile: Nicole Shriner, PhD

Michigan State University, Craft Beverage Analysis Lab

Nicole Shriner, MSU

Nicole has been involved in multiple research grants coordinated through Michigan State University, including a project involving diacetyl metabolism in fruit beers, analysis of various cereal grains for distilling, and a project focusing on corn analysis for distilling.

Nicole’s work also includes building infrastructure for a fermented beverage analysis lab at MSU, an analytical component of many research projects funded through the Michigan Craft Beverage Council.  Analytics are also available as a fee-for-servicefor craft beverage companies. Samples can be anything from raw materials to final product. For information about pricing, contact Nicole directly. 

Nicole has also made her television debut, winning a #MasterDistiller competition on Moonshiners, airing on the Discovery Channel!

Read more about Nicole and her research.

Dirt to Glass 2022: Conference Registration is Open

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Michigan State University Extension is hosting a new conference for the Michigan grape and wine industry. Dirt to Glass 2022: Elevating Michigan Wine from the Ground Up is the first-ever of its kind in Michigan, and will take place in Traverse City on August 25-26.

This conference aims to connect growers and producers from across Michigan each year to provide them with information that will support the Michigan grape and wine industry in understanding the critical relationship between better farming and world-class wine. 

Learn more and register.

MDARD Awards over $1.7 million for 18 Projects to Improve, Grow Local Agricultural Business Processes

MDARD awarded Value-Added and Regional Food System grants to 18 Michigan producers, processors, and community development organizations. These grants help to retain, expand, attract, or develop agricultural processing in the state through targeted investments in technology and equipment, feasibility studies, healthy food access, regional food systems, and urban agriculture.

Read the press release and see the full list of awardees.

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