Michigan tart cherry growers and processors are going through tough times right now, and any good news is better than the recent boatload of bad news. That’s why when the International Trade Commission announced this month it would continue investigations into the dumping of Turkish dried tart cherries that are hurting local cherry processors, their feelings were starting to shift.
The old adage — nothing is certain except death and taxes — rings true for many farmers determining the right time to sell farm assets.
As trade wars continue between the United States and major trading partners, farm equipment sales numbers mirror the uncertainty within the industry. U.S. sales saw minimal growth in most categories while Canada dropped in all but two, according to the latest Association of Equipment Manufactures sales data.
A persistent upper air pattern running from southwest to northeast across the Midwest let to abnormally wet weather across Michigan and the Great Lakes region during the second half of May and early June. The combination of frequent rainfall and cooler-than-normal temperatures led to a continuation of waterlogged soils and prolonged fieldwork delays.
The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture unveiled FARM Science Lab II (Food, Agriculture, & Resources in Motion) at Michigan Farm Bureau’s Centennial event on Fri., June 14, 2019. The 40-foot mobile classroom helps reinforce grade-level standards with hands-on science experiments while increasing students’ knowledge of how agriculture impacts their daily lives. The first lab, rolled out in 2017, has been visited by over 31,000 students across Michigan.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) released proposed changes to modernize how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed updates would not only give the Forest Service the tools and flexibility to manage the land and tackle critical challenges such as wildfire, insects, and disease but also improve service to the American people.
Mlive recently reported about a tractor encounter with a power pole and lines in a field while tilling. With the lines laying across the tractor, the operator knew enough to stay in the tractor until rescue workers determined it was safe to leave it.
Because of such a delayed planting season, many farmers are starting to wonder if they should change their seeding rates. The short answer for this question is no; you most likely don’t need to change the seeding rates due to your delayed corn planting.
Gypsy moths are an invasive species, a term for non-native pests that can cause harm to native species and ecosystems. In its caterpillar life stage, the insect caused widespread defoliation in Michigan from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. A large population in 2018 has led to more caterpillars hatching this spring.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the Kansas City Region.
Legislation with bipartisan sponsors has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. It seeks emergency provisions for U.S. crop and livestock farmers to utilize Prevent Plant acres for raising desperately needed forages.