Food Business & Regulation
Starting or growing food business in Michigan is an increasingly popular entrepreneurial activity. Going from concept to reality is possible by matching your vision with the educational resources and technical assistance available through Michigan State University Extension. Whether you are a specialty food business or agri-business industry leader, MSUE offers business counseling, technical assistance and specialized services customized to your business. Resources include assistance with business planning and information regarding both Michigan and federal food business regulations, including those who produce food under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law. Specialized services available through clients of the MSU Product Center—Food, Ag, Bio include recipe commercialization, packaging and labeling assistance and other services for product development and product launch.
November 24, 2014 | Makena Schultz | With the world growing quickly in population and interconnectedness, it is important for today’s youth to recognize the complex system that puts food on their dinner table every day and that they understand that they have the power to make a difference.
November 21, 2014 | Michelle Jarvie | How food date labels cause confusion and food waste.
November 12, 2014 | Julia Darnton | A panel of farmers at the 2014 Michigan Good Food Summit ties much of their success to social and business connections forged through persistence and trust building.
November 10, 2014 | Ron Kinnunen | Commercial fish processors are encouraged to register for the next Seafood HACCP Certification course in Brimley, Michigan.
November 6, 2014 | Randy Bell | Michigan State University has received the funding to create the Food Processing and Innovation Center, a place for established companies to create and commercialize vibrant new food products.
October 31, 2014 | Phil Tocco | Proposed Food Safety Modernization Act water standards have recently changed, including the number of samples to use when testing irrigation water for fresh produce.
October 31, 2014 | Phil Tocco | Proposed Food Safety Modernization Act water standards have recently changed and are important to be aware of. This article outlines a small portion of the newly proposed water standards and gives information about how to comment.
October 28, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | Residents of the Berrien County Juvenile Center enjoy more fresh fruits and vegetables through the Michigan Farm to School Grant Program and Andrews University CSA.
October 14, 2014 | Steve Lovejoy | Life is full of costs and benefits, the best actions are those that maximize benefits and minimize costs. Playing it safe is not always the best policy!
October 3, 2014 | Phil Tocco | Effective comments are critical to shaping a final rule that ensures public safety and is fair to all involved. Here are pointers on how to comment effectively and be the best advocate for changes in the proposed rule.
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Date: Dec 9, 2014 - Dec 11, 2014
Location: Devos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids Michigan
Date: Jan 13, 2015 - Jan 20, 2015
Location: Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center 7107 Elm Valley Drive Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Date: Feb 5, 2015
Location: Newaygo County MSU Extension Office, 817 S. Stewart, Fremont, MI
- Affordable Care Act Roadmap
- Agricultural Literacy
- Aquaculture Development
- Cottage Food Law
- Good Agricultural Practices
- Making It in Michigan
- Michigan MarketMaker
- MSU Product Center
- MSU Product Center – Food, Ag, Bio
- Seafood HACCP & Value-Added Fisheries
- Specialized Meat Processing Variance Training
- Tilling the Soil of Opportunity