• ‘Imported labor or imported food’

    Category: Farm News Stories

    by Paul W. Jackson

    Asparagus just might be the canary in a coal mine when it comes to Michigan’s ag labor trouble. The first crop of the season does not have adequate pickers, leaving farmers to mow down their profits.

    Increased pressure on workers has put the squeeze on farmers. For asparagus in particular, this year’s emergence — early compared to last year — has meant another season in which losses could bring some asparagus growers to the end of their endeavors.

    Chronic Wasting Disease confirmed in Ingham County deer

    Category: Front Page News

    by Jeremy C. Nagel

    CWD 5-26-2015

    Residents in Ingham, Clinton and Shiawassee counties are being encouraged to keep an eye out for strangely behaving deer in the wake of the recent discovery of a free-roaming whitetail that tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

    Michigan’s milk pipeline is full

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by MFB

    Michigan’s dairy production is up 6.5 percent from a year ago.

    Processing plants around the Midwest are operating at full capacity and are doing their best to deal with the oversupply of milk.

    The deadline for the 2015 Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship is May 31

    In 2014 approximately $15,000 was deposited in the Michigan Education Saving Plans for youth exhibitors that compete in judging and showmanship events at the Michigan Livestock Expo on the Michigan State University campus.

    Six outbreaks in 15 years lead to regulation

    Category: Politics

    by USDA

    Mechanical meat tenderizing can be done at home, too.

    Since 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of six outbreaks attributable to needle or blade tenderized beef products prepared in restaurants and consumers’ homes.

    Government to expand drone horizons

    Category: Technology

    by FAA

    Drone 5-2015

    Further developing these operational concepts supports the FAA’s overall strategy to expand UAS access, which currently includes rulemaking, reviewing operational data from the six national UAS test sites, expanding commercial operations via the Section 333 exemption process, and issuing operational authorizations for type-certified UAS.

    COOL decision leaves trade trouble

    Category: Farm News Stories

    by Paul W. Jackson

    Ambassador Bridge

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel has ruled that U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations for meats are not in compliance with previous WTO decisions.

    Ag one of the best fields for new college grads

    Category: People

    Computer couple

    Nearly 60,000 high-skilled agriculture job openings are expected annually in the U.S., yet only 35,000 graduates are available to fill them.

    Insurance subsidies require June 1 farmer filing

    Category: Crops

    by USDA, MFB

    grassed waterway

    It’s very important that farmers who don’t yet have an AD-1026 USDA Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form for their fields complete the form by June 1 if they participate in any USDA programs, including crop insurance premium support.

    Wheat Field day set for May 27

    Category: Farm News Stories

    MSUE is hosting a wheat field day in Mt. Pleasant.

    Organic sector seeks check-off

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Organic Trade Association

    Organic Label

    The proposal estimates the organic check-off, referred to as GRO Organic (Generic Research and Promotion Order for Organic), could raise over $30 million a year to advance the organic sector.

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    Opinion blog

    Farmer's Daughter | May 20, 2015

    Amanda Zaluckyj - The Farmer's Daughter BlogBut there are people that want to take away a number of those important tools.
    We’ve seen it time and time again. Organizations of activists have conducted targeted campaigns against large food companies to stamp out the technologies they deem unnecessary.


    Downtrends and uptrends

    Market Outlook

    Dr. Jim Hilker | May 20, 2015

    Jim Hilker png  Soybean futures are in the same sideways pattern they've been in for the past two months. They have not broken the low set at the end of September. As of early May, weather forecasts look reasonable for soybeans.

    A Flavorful Discussion on Agriculture and Obesity

    Opinion blog

    Damian Mason | May 15, 2015

    Damian MasonI’m a farm boy. I support agricultural advancement. Furthermore, I’m all for letting people eat whatever they want. We do have an obesity epidemic in this country.


    Long term: drier than normal

    Weather Outlook

    Jeff Andresen | May 15, 2015

    Jeff Andresen pngDuring mid-April, mid-range forecast guidance suggested the return of upper-air troughing and northwesterly flow across the Great Lakes and Northeast regions with below-average mean temperatures and below- normal precipitation totals.

    Field Focus: May 15


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