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Do You Like Cherry Pie?

The much debated farm bill was passed earlier this year. Although direct price supports were basically eliminated and replaced with crop insurance, there are still regulations that impact Michigan farmers. Michigan is known for its tart cherry production which is heavily regulated, including limitations on how many cherries can be processed. Should the government be supporting farm markets? Should there be limitations on production and restrictions to market competition? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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Simple Tips for Easy Family Meals

Aim to have at least one family meal each day: breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack shared at home. It’s time together that counts; where and when is not important. Children who eat meals with their families show better school performance, build healthier social skills, choose healthier snack foods and are less likely to be obese.

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Produce for Kids & Meijer Team Up to Help Families

Launching on Aug. 31, Produce for Kids and Meijer will host the third annual Healthy Families, Helping Kids campaign to educate families on the benefits of healthy eating and raise money for nutrition education through Jump with Jill, a music-based health program for kids. Since 2002, Meijer has raised more than $1 million for local children’s organizations.

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School Days: Lunches They’ll Love

Where did the summer go? With the new school-year just days away, it’s time to start planning for healthier back to school lunches. Make it a family activity by getting your children involved planning and preparing lunches.

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Back to School

On Saturday, August 16th all Meijer stores will host a special Back to School event from 11am to 2pm. Not only will our event feature great nutritious recipe ideas, samples and tips on staying healthy this back to school season, but customers will also get “Brilliant Buys at Bright Prices”. Also, take advantage of the Meijer Back to School Bucks, good through end of day today 8/16/14 to create your own sale on back to school apparel and supplies. You’ll gather great information and tips about healthy back to school lunches, easy family meal ideas, and important immunizations available at Meijer Pharmacy that can help keep your child healthy this school year.

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Big Mac Attack

The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel just ruled that McDonalds Corp, could be treated, in labor complaints, as a joint employer of its franchisees’ workers. You may remember that the general counsel is a recent appointment to the Board by President Obama. Is this a threat to not only McDonalds, but also to all franchises? Does a franchiser control the employee relations of it franchisees? Should the NLRB move to rule on this issue? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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Just Peachy! National Peach Month

August is National Peach Month! Michigan grown peaches are available mid-late summer and are grown along the east coast of Lake Michigan, known as the fruit belt. While Georgia is known as the “Peach State” the majority of peaches are grown in California (about 50%). Grab a napkin or two! Whether it’s a Michigan, Georgia, or California peach, a ripe peach is incredibly tasty, juicy and nutritious.

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What You Need to Know About Watermelon

How are watermelons grown? Where do seedless watermelon come from? How do you pick the right watermelon? Read on!

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Color Your Cart: National Blueberry Month

Tina Miller 2011Michigan is the number one state in highbush blueberry production with growers producing over 100 million pounds of blueberries every year (blueberries.msu.edu). These delicious and versatile berries lead the pack in antioxidant content. In fact, the blueberry has been called the “little blue dynamo” for its health promoting, disease preventing capabilities.

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Canada: How Long Can We Irritate Our Friends?

Canada is the US’s largest trading partner, largest supplier of energy and most loyal ally in war and peace, but it appears that the long nurtured special relationship is not so special after all. Has the US been neglecting this partnership and instead irritating Canada and taking the partnership for granted? Is this relationship and partnership especially important to Michigan economy? Are there important decisions that need to be made now? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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