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  • Michigan corn producers reject assessment increase

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

    Corn 4.29.16

    Michigan corn growers rejected a referendum calling for a half-cent increase in The Corn Marketing Program assessment. A total of 1,861 ballots, were cast with 177 disqualified for being incomplete or postmarked after the deadline. Of the valid 1,684 valid ballots, 697 producers voted yes (41 percent) representing 37,476,520.154 bushels of corn (42 percent); 987 producers voted no (59 percent) representing 52,592,675.238 bushels of corn (58 percent).


    Beets mostly in, corn holding for more warmth, less rain

    Category: Crops

    by Jeremy C. Nagel

    Corn Planting

    Despite some fleeting flirtations with unseasonably warm weather, the mostly cool spring of 2016 is setting the stage for a promising launch of the growing season for Michigan's big-acreage field crops—corn, soybeans, wheat and sugar beets.

    Field trip! Travel to the food industry’s hottest event

    Category: Technology

    by Nicole Sevrey

    FMI Connect

    Register today for a one-day bus trip to Chicago for the Food Marketing Institute's global food industry experience on Thursday, June 23. 

    Reminder: Truck “medical card” doctor forms have changed

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

    Truck Story 4.29.16

    Per federal regulations, all other forms must be rejected by the Secretary of State.

    MI AgrAbility: Helping Farmers Farm

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

    Michigan AgrAbility provides direct services to farmers with injuries, illness, aging or other conditions so they can continue the work and lifestyle they love. 

    North Carolina trip sheds light on Michigan forestry opportunities

    Category: People

    by Nicole Sevrey

    Forestry Trip Group

    Members and staff representing Michigan Farm Bureau’s Forestry Advisory Committee recently returned from a three-day study trip to North Carolina where they explored the state’s forest management programs and forest products industry.

    Hope hops eternal in craft beer market

    Category: People

    by Paul W. Jackson

    Hops Field

    “Overall, sales of beer as a whole have been static over the last two years, but craft beer sales have increased 18 percent every year. We expect it to hit a 20 percent market share by 2020.”

    Agriculture loses livestock leader with ‘big vision’

    Category: People

    by Paul W. Jackson

    Steer History 2

    Ritchie is widely regarded as the man who led beef's transformation in composition, size and growth potential.

    Young Farmer bio series: Katelyn Horning 2016 Achievement Award finalist

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

    Katelyn Horning

    "We do these things to help attain and engage with our great employees."  

    Allergy-free peanuts? Is that possible?

    Category: Opinion

    by Andrea Boughton

    Peanut Field

    The results in lab tests show modification of the genes produces peanuts that are no longer allergenic.

    Food allergies and recalls: Where’s the real risk?

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

    Allergenic Foods

    Eight foods account for 90 percent of food-allergy reactions in the U.S: eggs, shellfish, fish, milk, soy, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.

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    State mandated labeling laws require in-depth thought

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | March 14, 2016 

    droppers jakeOn July 23, 2015, The U. S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act in an effort to protect consumers and facilitate informed decision making. 


     

    Powerful tools

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | Feb. 29, 2016 

    Matt ZimmermanThe United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has several powerful tools to dissuade farmers from producing an agricultural commodity in wetlands or on highly erodible soil.

    EPA overreaches again

    Opinion blog

    Farmer's Daughter | February 15, 2016

    Amanda Zaluckyj - The Farmer's Daughter BlogNow the EPA is working on implementing a project that makes WOTUS look like a cake walk.

     

    Employment reference checks help find right match

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | Jan. 29, 2016 

    Beth Barker - GreenStone

    Many may think the practice of employment reference checking is a thing of the past, but if you want to ensure a good fit between a job candidate and a vacant position, it is well worth the effort.


     

    Ag’s image is no joke

    Opinion blog

    Damian Mason | January 18, 2016

    Damian MasonStanford’s “routine” included music from the FarmersOnly.com commercials and a romantically dejected bumpkin tipping over a pretend black and white cow.

      

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