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December 29, 2012

Agriculture in Brief: 12/29/12

Graceland on TV

FRANKFORT — Frankfort-based dried fruit producer Graceland Fruit is being featured in an upcoming segment of the "World's Greatest!" cable TV show.

Founded in 1973, Graceland Fruit now exports product to more than 40 countries, and their customer base includes some of the largest baking and food companies in the world.

"World's Greatest!" is a 30-minute show dedicated to highlighting the world's greatest companies, products, places and people.

The show will air next on Dec. 31 at 7 a.m. on the ION Network, Charter Cable channel 42 in northern Michigan.

Seed workshop

BENZONIA — The Michigan Land Use Institute is presenting a workshop on harvesting and storing seeds on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grow Benzie, 5885 M-115.

Presenters include Craig Schaaf, Golden Rule Farm; Casey Dunagua, Five Springs Farm; and Mike Kiessel, Leelanau County plant breeder.

Those attending are encouraged to bring seeds to sell, trade or give away. Table space will be provided at no cost. Bring a dish to pass for a potluck lunch.

A donation of $7 ($10 for families) is suggested.

Plum of a website

EAST LANSING — A new Michigan Plum industry website has been created to help buyers and consumers identify where the crop is grown and sold in the state.

The website is compatible with smartphones and other handheld web browsing devices and is designed to be helpful to visitors looking for plums as well as farm marketers and brokers seeking wholesalers. The site lists growers and retailers, including a map showing business locations.

Commercial and backyard growers will also find information on the website about growing plums, including planting, pruning, disease and insect management. The new website also gives information on the characteristics of plum varieties, including how plums fit the profile of a healthy food rich in minerals, vitamins and with excellent antioxidant properties. A recipe section contains new and traditional offerings, including longtime family favorites from Michigan plum growers.

Those willing to share plum recipes can submit them via the website.

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