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Stateside: Record unemployment claims; COVID-19 disrupts agribusiness; stimulus checks delays

a farmhouse standing behind a row of crops
Bob Jagendorf
The COVID-19 shutdown has posed some unique challenges for Michigan farmers.

Today on Stateside, we check in on Michigan’s farm scene and see how food producers are doing amid the pandemic. Plus, how the state unemployment office is handling a huge surge in the number of people applying for benefits.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

As more than 1 million Michiganders file claims, state unemployment office struggles to keep up

Stateside’s conversation with Zach Gorchow

  • Zach Gorchow is the executive editor and publisher of Gongwer Michigan.

Who gets left out in first round of stimulus checks?

Stateside’s conversation with Terri Friedline

  • Terri Friedline is associate professor of social work at the University of Michigan.

Still recovering from a rough year, Michigan farmers face new challenges from COVID-19

Stateside’s conversation with Ernie Birchmeier

  • Ernie Birchmeier is the Michigan Farm Bureau’s Manager of Commodity, Farm, and Industry Relations.

COVID-19 adds another hurdle in fight to keep Michigan dairy farms afloat

Stateside's conversations with Annie Link and Dustin Walsh

  • Annie Link is a partner at Swiss Lane Farms in Kent County.
  • Dustin Walsh is a reporter for Crain's Detroit Business.
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