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Jim Peck presents Paolo Sabbatini, assistant professor of horticulture, with an MSU coin on behalf of President Lou Anna K. Simon.

Boosting Michigan’s food and agriculture economy

The wine industry is an increasingly important part of Michigan’s economic profile, not just within agriculture but also through wine’s promotion of agritourism. The wine industry brings a measure of distinction to the state and offers us a very attractive vine-to-table market here in Michigan and through export to other places.

MSU’s work with Michigan viticulturists and vintners also fits very well into our longstanding tradition of hospitality business as well as our very practical, yet cutting-edge research.

Other MSU services such as our Product Center also work with Michigan’s agricultural producers and processers to add value to the things they grow and produce, so we can make a real difference in growing Michigan’s $91 billion farm-to-fork food and agriculture industry.