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Agriculture Brief: Research stations get tree planter

Saturday, March 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
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BENZONIA — The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center now has access to a machine that can plant between 300 and 500 trees per hour.

As one of Michigan State University's AgBioResearch centers, the center can use a planter donated by Benzonia-based Gillison's Variety Fabrication. Gillison's originally gave the planter to the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission. The device now will be shared by MSU research centers across the state. It can plant trees of all sizes and can function in orchards on slopes. It is designed to use less horsepower than competing designs.

The planter will be used by the local research center this spring to plant high-density Gala and Honeycrisp apples, said NWMRC coordinator Nikki Rothwell.

More information is available from the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center at 231-946-1510.

Grants for innovative approaches to farm conservation

EAST LANSING — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering grants of up to $75,000 for innovative approaches and technologies to improve conservation on farmland and private forests in Michigan.

Proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants are due by May 9. Among those eligible to apply are individuals, businesses, local governments, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities and American Indian tribes.

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service says it has $225,000 available to fund grant proposals in Michigan.

USDA State Conservationist Garry Lee said the grants are designed to focus on conservation projects that promote science-based solutions benefiting producers and the environment.

Projects could include on-farm pilot projects and field demonstrations. Funding is intended to quicken landowner adaptation of promising technologies.


View source article via Traverse City Record Eagle here.

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