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Locally-Produced Beer a Growing Industry in the UP

Locally-produced beer is a growing industry in the Upper Peninsula, and despite an overall decline in the consumption of beer, microbreweries and brewpubs in the UP have found success in part by tying regional identity and community to their product.

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The UP’s Farming Revival

Most people would consider the Upper Peninsula largely unsuitable for agriculture; its short growing season, poor soils, extreme weather and small market make farming a challenge. However, as Michael Broadway details, there has been a reversal in the decline of farms in the UP over the last 30 years.

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An Overview of Childcare Costs and Solutions

Rural Insights student researcher Max Steele recently published a new report detailing the costs of childcare in the United States and an overview of some of the main initiatives in place to help ease the burden of high childcare costs for Americans.

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New Report: Hidden Homelessness in the Upper Peninsula

Rural Insights student researcher Max Steele recently published a new report on hidden homelessness in the Upper Peninsula–a problem that varies county-by-county and is a bigger issue than it often appears to be on the surface.

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Earned Income Tax Credit Still an Important Piece of Tax Code for Lower-Income Families

Student researcher Elan Barber gives an overview of the Earned Income Tax Credit, an important piece of the tax code that has helped lower-income families in America for several decades.

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