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Grants awarded to advance craft beverage industryGrants awarded to advance craft beverage industry

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council recommended $335,000 in projects.

March 7, 2022

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CRAFT RESEARCH: The Michigan Craft Beverage Council recommended $335,000 for 13 projects to advance research and education in the craft beverage industry. master1305/Getty Images

Thirteen Michigan craft beverage projects are getting a boost with 2022 grants for research and education to advance agricultural inputs for craft beer, spirits, wine and hard cider.

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council recommended $335,000 in projects — six of them being continuation projects from the 2020 and 2021 grant programs — leveraging $170,000 in matching funds.

The 2022 research grants align with the following research priorities of the council: climate change impacts; crop quality, including pest and disease management and soil health; new varieties of hops, fruit, barley, rye, and other agricultural inputs used in craft beverage production; and sustainable water use and wastewater discharge projects.

Projects selected for 2022 research funding include:

  • new apple varieties for Michigan hard cider production

  • evaluation of corn varieties for the Michigan craft distilling industry

  • evaluation of new herbicide in Michigan hops for crop safety and weed control

  • ongoing evaluation of winter hardiness to advance winter malting barley as a climate adaptation strategy in Michigan

  • role of planting date and seeding rate in optimizing winter survival, yield and quality of malting barley

  • evaluating terroir of rye whiskey in Michigan — Genotype x

  • evaluation of apple fruit rot control and of the diversity of wild yeast populations on cider and dessert apple varieties and outcomes on fermentation

  • field scale management of late-season cluster rots to increase crop quality of Michigan wine grapes

  • monitoring statewide grapevine cold hardiness evaluations to develop the Michigan grapevine cold hardiness model

  • Michigan grape and wine industry educational project

  • reducing fungicide inputs without sacrificing late-season disease management and crop quality in Michigan hop and barley production

  • evaluation of a greenhouse ecosystem to manage craft beverage wastewater

  • education and training for P45 wine grape growers

At the close of the grant cycle, final reports will be posted to the council’s website research database. Searchable by keyword, author, year, category and crop, the database is designed to make the council's research easily accessed by industry members.

For more information about the council, including grants, grower connections, business support and a map of craft beverage licensees, visit michigancraftbeverage.com.

Source: MCBC, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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