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If you are a fruit or vegetable grower in the UP please complete a survey for an Upper Peninsula light processing facility assessment, a cooperative study involving several stakeholders collecting data to determine optimal crops and processing methods for the UP. Input from Upper Peninsula fruit and vegetable growers is critically important to this assessment. Stakeholders need to know the top crops produced in the UP, the volume of specific crops from typical farms and throughout the entire region, any current processing those crops undergo before sale, the types of markets that farmers are using for product sales, and what opportunities and assets would encourage UP farmers to expand production. Partners include Marquette County, MSU Extension, the Upper Peninsula Food Exchange (UPFE), and the Central Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD). Marquette County and CUPPAD have identified an opportunity to advance economic growth in the Central Upper Peninsula with the expansion of light processing capacity for fruits and vegetables.
 
The survey will be open Nov. 1-30, 2017, at www.surveymonkey.com/r/UPProduceSurvey.
 
For additional information about the project contact Michelle Walk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906-635-6368 or Thyra Karlstrom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906-225-8192. For questions about the survey please contact Christophe Hille at Karen Karp & Partners, 212-260-1070 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All responses will be anonymized and no identifying information will be shared with any parties outside of this project.

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