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November 20, 2022

Marion Milling, What is "the Midwest," building on our grain chain infographic

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October 16, 2022

Far North Spirits, AGC's Grain Views & Habits Survey, Nutrition labeling guide

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October 2, 2022

Michigan Ag Advancement, Prairie Festival recap, AGC's fundraising campaign is a wrap

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September 11, 2022

Publican Quality Bread, Grain chain fundraiser + distillery tour

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August 30, 2022

Albert Lea Seed, Agraria Grain School & Farm to Flavor Recaps

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August 7, 2022

Zingerman's Bakehouse, What is participatory plant breeding?

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July 24, 2022

Special Edition: Can you help grow AGC's impact?

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July 10, 2022

Delightful Pastries, Summer Harvest campaign, heirloom corn for distilling

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June 26, 2022

Ohio Till Farmstead, Grain-focused community events, Farm to Flavor variety showcase

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June 5, 2022

Middle Brow Brewery & Bungalow, Craft Brewers Conf, Midwest GRIT has begun!

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May 15, 2022

Cress Spring Bakery, upcoming panel in Wisconsin, recap of panel at Elawa Farm

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May 1, 2022

Long Table Pancakes, Neighbor Loaves anniversary, Steering Committee news

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April 10, 2022

Iowa Food Hub, grainshed panel invitation, strategic plan

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March 27, 2022

Janie's Farm & Mill, updates from Chicago Bread Club and Craft Maltsters Guild

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March 6, 2022

Seven Sundays, Apply now for farmer peer learning program, Grain chain support for Ukraine

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February 20, 2022

Branstrator Farm, updates on AGC's evolving team

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February 6, 2022

Doughp Creations, Meet Midwest GRIT, OGRAIN winter conference

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January 23, 2022

State Line Distillery, new report on regional grains in farmers' markets, meet our new Network Engagement Manager

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December 19, 2021

AGC's Year in Review

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November 21, 2021

Tortilleria Zepeda, Midwest Bread Hero, Insurance guide for small grains and more

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October 24, 2021

Hewn, Grist cookbook, regional grains job opportunities

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October 3, 2021

Forever Green Initiative, Fermentation Fest, Nexus of Regenerative Ag & Human Health

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September 12, 2021

The Land Institute, FSMA Grain Guide, FODMAPs + more

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August 1, 2021

Gwenyn Hill Farm, Introducing AGC's new website, Kneading Equity recording

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July 11, 2021

Floriole Cafe and Bakery, Distilling artisan grains, Baking with Muddy Fork

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June 20, 2021

Harmony Cricket Farm, Kneading Equity talk July 12, & a working group update

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June 6, 2021

Michael Fields Ag Institute, musings on our new infographic, an update + reminder on the Grain Views & Habits Survey

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May 23, 2021

Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains, Bard Bread & Pastry, AGC Website Sneak Peek

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May 9, 2021

Beth Dooley’s Kitchen, Grain Chain Infographic, Grains Week Retrospective

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April 25, 2021

Maltwerks, Grains Week, Packed with Goodness, AGC Member Meeting

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April 11, 2021

Member Profile: Teffola, AGC Farmer Members Engage in Policy, AGC Podcast Partnership with MOSES

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March 28, 2021

Special Edition: One Year of Neighbor Loaves

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March 14, 2021

Member Profile: Meadowlark Community Mill, Women in Grain, Cottage Food Con

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February 28, 2021

Member Profile: Two Eagles Distillery, AGC launches a new logo

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February 14, 2021

Member Profile: Granor Farm, Readings for Black History Month

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January 31, 2021

Member Profile:’ Laine’s Bakeshop, Valentines flours, Grains to Institution project kickoff & WI Chili Lunch

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January 17, 2021

Member Profile: Ben Penner Farms, Regenerative Farming Fellowship, True Grain Artisan Milling baking tutorials

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December 20, 2020

2020 in Review

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November 15, 2020

Member Profile: Bird Dog Baking, corn stories, November Bread Meet-Up

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November 1, 2020

Member Profile: Giant Jones Brewing, Grains to Institution project launch, meet AGC’s New Steering Cmte chair

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October 18, 2020

Member Profile: Hazzard Free Farm, Barley research for Brewing & Distilling

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October 4, 2020

CRAFT at Chatham University Grains & Revolution Conference, Stone Barns Regenerative Farming Fellowship, Bread Meet-Up

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September 6, 2020

Member Profile: NETZRO, Sourdough September, AGC’s virtual annual meeting reflection

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August 9, 2020

Member Profile: U of I Pilot Plant, Grain variety evaluation & baking test

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July 26, 2020

Member Profile: Muddy Fork Farm & Bakery, Neighbor Loaves in the News, the Blue Flame Radio Hour interview

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July 12, 2020

Bakers Against Racism, New World Sourdough giveaway update, Chicago Region Food System Fund Instagram takeover

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June 22, 2020

Member Profile: Black Oaks Center, Bryan Ford’s New World Sourdough, 10K Neighbor Loaves donated

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June 7, 2020

Member Profile: Bang Brewing, Black voices in food and farming

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May 24, 2020

Member Profile: Lonesome Stone Milling, introducing Tortillas Comunitarias

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May 10, 2020

Member Profile: Big Green, Mothers Day flours, Perennial Pantry launches Kernza® sales

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April 26, 2020

Member Profile: Luke Peterson/A-Frame Farm, Neighbor Loaves update, webinar with Craft Maltsters Guild

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April 12, 2020

Member Profile: Craft Maltsters Guild, Neighbor Loaves update and other bakers giving back

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March 29, 2020

Neighbor Loaves, Resources for Craft Breweries - Stout Collective

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March 21, 2020

Special COVID edition: Introducing Neighbor Loaves + Upper Midwest Resource Guide

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March 15, 2020

Member Profile: Dr. Julie Dawson, Food Forever, Challenger Bread Pan accolades

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March 1, 2020

Member Profile: Sprowt Labs, variety trial bake test public tasting, the Approachable Loaf

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February 16, 2020

Member Spotlight: Breslin Farms, Challenger Breadware Workshop, radio interview at The Land Connection conference

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February 2, 2020

Member Spotlight: Amy Halloran, Cascadia Grains 2020 recap, Buckwheat Lunch & Learn reminder

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January 19, 2020

Member Spotlight: Bootleg Bâtard, Buckwheat Lunch & Learn, upcoming conference highlights

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January 5, 2020

Member Spotlight: Chicago Bread Club, selected member updates

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December 8, 2019

Perennial Farm Gathering, Marketing Specialty & Organic Grains conference, artisan grains in art

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December 8, 2019

2019 in Review from the Executive Director, Communications Manager & Working Groups

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November 23, 2019

Special Edition: Sprouted wheat porridge recipe collaboration with Breadtopia, Biodiversity Heritage Library

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November 10, 2019

Holiday Baking classes with Rachel Bernier-Green & Dan Shapiro, Daniel Leader video, artisan grains in art

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October 27, 2019

Daniel Leader in Conversation with Meadowlark Organics, Thanksgiving class with Rachel Bernier-Green & Sandra Holl

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October 13, 2019

AGC focus on education, National Farmers Day, Living Bread event with Daniel Leader

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September 29, 2019

FarmAid, rye bread & pretzel class, Southeastern Grain Gathering

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September 15, 2019

Bread Camp retrospective, Fermentation Fest, Ben Shorofsky moving on

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September 1, 2019

Events - MN State Fair, FarmAid, wood-fired pizza class

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August 18, 2019

Introducing The Crumb newsletter, Alyssa Hartman, upcoming & recent events

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AGC in the News

Modern Farmer: Meet the Midwestern Bakers and Farmers Working to Rebuild a Local Grainshed

October 26, 2022

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Madison.com: 'Farm to Flavor' event will bring together breeders, farmers, chefs, bakers and beverage makers

August 9, 2022

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Food Freedom Radio: Grain chain, from farmer and breeder to miller and baker

June 11, 2022

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Local Food Forum: Amber Waves of Local Grain

May 12, 2022

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WI Program Seeks to Create Resilient Grainshed

March 17, 2022

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Univ. of Maine

March 31, 2021

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Modern Farmer

February 28, 2021

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James Beard Foundation

January 14, 2021

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Chicago Tribune

December 16, 2020

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WGN-TV (Chicago)

November 23, 2020

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The Country Today

November 22, 2020

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Medill Reports

November 3, 2020

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Food & Wine

November 1, 2020

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Wisconsin State Farmer

October 29, 2020

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WTMJ-TV Milwaukee

October 26, 2020

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Kare11 Minneapolis

October 19, 2020

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Civil Eats

October 15, 2020

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WGN-TV (Chicago)

September 30, 2020

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WGN-TV (Chicago)

September 22, 2020

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U of MN CFANS

September 14, 2020

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WGN-TV (Chicago)

August 6, 2020

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MLive (Michigan)

August 4, 2020

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The Courier (Lincoln Courier)

July 26, 2020

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Localish

July 21, 2020

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Imported item 27

July 17, 2020

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FOX-32 Chicago TV

July 14, 2020

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Vermont Law School

July 13, 2020

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Edible Madison

July 10, 2020

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Blue Flame Radio

July 9, 2020

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Richmond Mag

June 16, 2020

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

June 16, 2020

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The Leader (WA state)

May 27, 2020

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Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal

May 27, 2020

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Very Local Pittsburgh

May 26, 2020

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FOX News

May 17, 2020

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Madison Magazine

May 16, 2020

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

May 13, 2020

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The Mike Nowak Show

May 10, 2020

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The Capital Times

May 7, 2020

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Food Farm & Health Lab

April 28, 2020

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Civil Eats

April 24, 2020

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Morning Ag Clips

April 23, 2020

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Hoosier Times

April 20, 2020

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Star Tribune

April 15, 2020

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Too Good to Waste

April 15, 2020

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Food Talk with Dani Nirenberg

April 13, 2020

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Milwaukee Independent

April 10, 2020

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BAKE

April 6, 2020

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Zoe Bakes

April 1, 2020

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WPR

March 30, 2020

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BAKE

January 27, 2020

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Madison Magazine

October 21, 2019

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Baking Business.com

July 31, 2019

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Natural Awakenings

June 25, 2018

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One News Page via Localish

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Journal-Sentinal

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WISC-TV (Madison)

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Journal of Ag, Food Systems, and Community Development

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Notes From The Grainshed

Member Profile: Marion Milling

November 20, 2022

Baker-turned-miller Will Berndt knows flour, and is a fresh flour asset for Kansas City.

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Member Profile: Far North Spirits

October 16, 2022

Minnesota distillery highlights regionality

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Member Profile: Michigan Agriculture Advancement

October 2, 2022

Providing opportunities for farmer-to-farmer connection is one of MiAA’s main program areas.

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Member Profile: Publican Quality Bread

September 11, 2022

Artisan wholesale bakery and cafe bringing sustainably sourced breads and more to West Town Chicago and beyond.

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Member Profile: Albert Lea Seed

August 30, 2022

The third generation family & employee-owned seed company began in Albert Lea, Minnesota in 1923, and is still focused on customer service and a commitment to serve all types of farms.

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Member Profile: Zingerman's Bakehouse

August 7, 2022

Zingerman's Bakehouse has been working to build partnerships to advance regional grains. Shown above is their 8-grain 3-seed loaf, made with Michigan grains.

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Member Profile: Delightful Pastries

July 10, 2022

Dobra had worked in a variety of Chicago bakeries, and didn’t care for the ingredients she had to use. Growing up in Poland, she knew a different approach.

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Member Profile: Ohio Till Farmstead

June 26, 2022

Ohio Till Farmstead is a farm that very much wanted to happen, and through many tendrils of research and spider-webbing, Tim and Michelle have brought their vision to its beginning.

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Member Profile: Middle Brow Brewery & Bungalow

June 5, 2022

Middle Brow began as a philanthropic brewery, donating most-to-all of what they earned to social justice groups. In 2017, they landed in Chicago's Logan Square, then opened Bungalow in 2019 with the addition of a bakery and pizza oven.

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Member Profile: Cress Spring Bakery

May 15, 2022

Jeff’s initial idea was to build a small oven behind the barn at Cress Spring Farm and occasionally bake bread for friends. It took a few years for his plans to ferment, and over that period the vision turned into a full fledged bakery.

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Member Profile: Long Table Pancakes

May 1, 2022

The name Long Table comes from Samuel’s vision of food that goes back generations, and forward, too.

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Member Profile: Iowa Food Hub

April 10, 2022

Iowa Food Hub (IFH) is a navigator and match-maker that provides locally-grown food to schools, colleges, restaurants, and grocery stores in and around Decorah, Iowa.

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Strategic Plan 2022-2024

April 8, 2022

Developing AGC's first strategic plan was a nine-month process guided by input from 90+ AGC members across the Midwest grain value chain.

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Member Profile: Janie's Farm & Mill

March 27, 2022

Janie's Farm and Mill in Danforth and Ashkum, IL produces organic, stone-milled heritage and whole grain flours for wholesale and retail markets throughout the Midwest and beyond.

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Member Profile: Seven Sundays

March 6, 2022

Seven Sundays is an exemplary business not just for its growth, but in how it has grown. From the start, Hannah prioritized working directly with farmers whenever possible, finding new and thoughtful routes to ingredients, and authentically telling the brand’s unique story.

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Member Profile: Branstrator Farm

February 20, 2022

The fifth-generation caretaker of his family farm, Jon Branstrator is currently growing heritage varieties of grains and squash on 175 acres in Southwest Ohio.

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Member Profile: Doughp Creations

February 6, 2022

Michele now mills grains from nearby AGC members A-Frame, Ben Penner, and Askegaard Farms into flour on-site, and bakes sourdough loaves she sells locally and ships all over the country.

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Member Profile: State Line Distillery

January 23, 2022

As places like State Line use grains grown nearby, they're modeling what it takes to link spirits directly to the land "grain to glass", demonstrating the worth of this pursuit, and carving a path for others to follow.

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Go with the Grain - Farmers' Markets Prioritizing Regional Grains

January 21, 2022

A report on the practice of supporting regional grain economies through farmers' market policy

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New Guide Sheds Light on Small Grains Insurance

November 21, 2021

One of the many management decisions involved with raising small grains is whether to purchase federal crop insurance. A new guide from the Center for Rural Affairs sheds light on the options available for crops such as wheat, oats, barley, and rye.

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Position Announcement: Network Engagement Manager

October 3, 2021

AGC seeks a Network Engagement Manager to create and execute a cohesive strategy for AGC member engagement and network building. Position is full-time or 0.75 FTE, with an anticipated start date of December 1, 2021.

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Knitting Equity into the Grain Chain

September 10, 2021

A panel discussion held July 28, 2021 during the Maine Grain Alliance's Kneading Equity Conference

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New Legal Guide Helps Grain Farmers and Processors Navigate Food Safety Regulations

August 30, 2021

“Understanding FSMA's Preventive Controls Rule: A Guide for Grain Businesses” empowers grain farmers, processors, and food manufacturers to understand and comply with federal food safety laws.

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Our Regional Grain Chain, Illustrated

June 2, 2021

Announcing AGC's grain chain infographic

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Connecting Youth to Agriculture

May 10, 2020

Member profile of Big Green’s school garden curriculum and new home learning resources

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I Dream a Little Too Much of How Things Could Be

April 24, 2020

An interview with Luke Peterson of A-Frame Farm

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Interview: Jesse Bussard, North American Craft Maltsters Guild

April 12, 2020

Discussion of craft malt and craft beer

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Branding During Crisis

March 25, 2020

Interview with Matt Tanaka of Stout Collective

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Grain, Flour, Bread, and Other Food and Beverage Resources in the Upper Midwest

March 24, 2020

Links to physical and online grain resources for the pandemic

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Cascadia Grains 2020 Recap

January 30, 2020

Thoughts from the January 2020 Cascadia Grains conference

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Sourdough September

September 23, 2019

Resources and a celebration of sourdough prompted by the Real Bread Campaign

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In the End, Trust is All We Have

July 11, 2019

An Interview with Bob Quinn, author of Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

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Grain Elevator: In the Twin Cities, Artisan Grain Use Rises

June 24, 2019

James Beard Award-winning author Beth Dooley on AGC’s Minnesota Grains Gathering and the region’s artisan grains surge

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Building a Food Story during Chicago Ideas Week

November 15, 2017

Introduction to thinking about our roles in a sustainable food system; hands-on learning from AGC members

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AGC Receives Local Food Producer Promotion Grant for Our Work

October 11, 2017

Announcement of funding to support the introduction of small-batch artisan grains into the Chicago region

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