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Discussion with Dickinson County Leaders Lois Ellis, Theresa Caylor, and David Holmes

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes talks with Dickinson County leaders Lois Ellis of the DAEDA, Theresa Caylor of Systems Control, and David Holmes of the Breitung Township School District about the work being done and progress being made between the area’s educational sector and the manufacturing employment base.

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The Trouble with Tourism: Munising’s Economic and Demographic Challenges as a Seasonal Destination

In July 2018, The Detroit News characterized Munising as “a tourist boomtown.” But the economic and demographic benefits of the town’s tourism boom are not so clear–in fact, as Michael and John Broadway write–it’s quite complicated.

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Interview with MDARD Director and Former U.P. Legislator Gary McDowell

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sat down with Gary McDowell, current director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. Gary also served three, two-year terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. He grew up in Rudyard, MI, where he still resides, and is a farmer by trade.

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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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