A new partnership has been created to better help farmers and other agricultural business owners to connect with resources to improve or start new businesses.
The Northwest Michigan Regional Agriculture Business Services Partnership is made up of an agriculture innovation counselor, an agriculture business counselor, and the Northwest Michigan Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance.
"The Regional Agriculture Business Partnership will give farmers and agriculture business owners easy access to information and resources they can use to improve their business, develop new products, or start a new business," says Elaine Wood, CEO of Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.
The partnership will help farmers and farm-related businesses by assisting with product development, marketing, business plans, financing, education and training, and farm production and distribution.
The members of the partnership are NWMCOG, Michigan State University Extension, the MSU Product Center and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, with support from the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and MSU Extension.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Elaine Wood, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments