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Aronia Taste Testing Results

The USDA-ARS North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station (NCRPIS) in Ames, Iowa hosted a group of Aronia growers on September 6, 2016 led by Horticulturist, Jeff Carstens. Forty lines of native, North American species of Aronia berries are on display, including Aronia melanocarpa, Aronia x prunifolia, and Aronia arbutifolia. The majority of these collections were […]

Getting it Right. How Will Your Aronia Be Used?

Guest article from Bernie Lager III – Arise Nutrition, LLC Our company has developed and commercialized many cranberry-derived ingredients. Over the last several months we’ve taken a closer look at aronia; we’ve identified several routes to market made possible by processing the fruit into food ingredients. The available North American aronia supply is small relative […]

Mead Market Growth Supports Aronia Growers

Megan’s Interview with Wayne Spohnheimer Did you know mead is the fastest growing segment of the alcohol industry? Did you know aronia is the perfect fruit from mead? So says Wayne Spohnheimer, co-owner of Buzzed Bee Meadery, a new meadery in Central Iowa. Wayne is joined by his wife Michelle and their young son in […]

Iowa Field Day Roundup

Submitted by Sherry Gerlock/MAA member of Elk Horn, Iowa It was a cool, rainy morning at the “What” Berry Farm Aronia Field Day.  It didn’t stop friends and family with curiosity, vision, and questions to arrive at an aronia farm that two people had dreamt and built in 2011. Dean Mangrich and Donna Costello launched […]

What Did We Learn: 2016 Aronia Harvest

Guest article from Dean Mangrich What did we learn in 2016? That aronia is like growing any other crop. Weather rules all! Starting with the frost that hit on the morning of May 14 a lot of the northern area was affected. From a total loss to a little damage in fields where growers didn’t […]

Updates from the President

Regional Group Activities Increase Funding for Aronia Membership Drive Save the Date for Conference Elections for Board of Directors Regional Group Activities In July, the Aronia Growers of Wisconsin Regional Group sponsored a Mother Earth News Fair booth in West Bend, Wisconsin. In August, your Board member, Corey Hillebo worked with Peggy Fogle, Erlene Fopma […]

USDA National Statistics Service

The USDA National Statistics Service has noticed Aronia listed as an “Other” crop on a significant number of surveys. Listing Aronia as its own crop rather than “Other” is important for future funding, grant opportunities, etc. The USDA would like Aronia growers wishing to be included in the 2017 Census of Agricultural crops survey to contact them. MAA would […]

1990 BEI Pay-Sway I traded in for sale for $27,500

I have this 1990 BEI Pay-Sway I traded in for sale for $27,500 if you know of any growers looking for a picker for next year, please pass this along to them. Pictures aren’t the greatest, it’s tucked away in a storage shed right now. Best regards, Roger www.oxbocorp.com rbell@oxbocorp.com 260-768-3217 office 260-768-3219 fax 260-350-1955 […]

Farm Bill Funding Available to Organic Producers and Handlers

Click here to view full article at The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making certification more accessible for small certified producers and handlers. “Consumer demand for organic products is surging across the country,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “To […]

Wisconsin Ag News Headlines: CAFES Honors UW-RF Faculty Member

A professor of horticulture and state extension commercial fruit specialist has been honored with the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award by College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Brian Smith was recognized during the group’s recent annual awards banquet. It’s the highest award bestowed upon a faculty member in the […]