Sleeping Bear Apiaries will receive a grant from the Rural Development Fund


LANSING — The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has awarded 21 Rural Development Fund grants designed to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities.

“I’m proud that so much of MDARD’s work remains focused on helping our rural communities prosper through sustainable approaches,” said department director Gary McDowell. “When we can invest in our communities, it allows Michigan to continue to expand its economic footprint here at home and around the world.”

Sleeping Bear Apiaries, of Beulah, received a $100,000 grant to install an automated honey filling/capping line to increase production of its value-added honey products.

The ministry received 114 proposals with requests totaling more than $9.6 million. Of these, MDARD has awarded the following 21 projects totaling nearly $1.8 million, mobilizing consideration of more than $8.6 million.

Eligible counties include those with populations not exceeding 70,000 or micropolitan statistical areas. Preference was given to projects in Marquette County.

Proposals were evaluated through a competitive process. For more information about this grant program or a complete list of eligible counties, visit

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