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  • Worth the risk: Michigan hemp grower maneuvers industry unknowns

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    Amid the 32,243 acres of land committed to growing industrial hemp in 2019, according to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) figures based on the required grower registration, Michigan farmers are betting on a crop somewhat foreign to the state.

    Farm News Five: Wheat trials

    Category: Farm News Five

    by Farm News Media

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    USDA details trade damage estimates for 2019 MFP payment rates

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    A USDA report released today, details the level of gross trade damage to U.S. agricultural exports for specific commodities caused by retaliatory tariffs. Those estimates were used to determine the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payment rates and the value of commodities to be targeted for purchase under the 2019 Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP).

    Animal rights conference — strategies, tactics for a ‘Vegan world by 2026’

    Category: Livestock

    by Animal Agriculture Alliance; Farm News Media

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    If you have ever questioned the true agenda of animal rights activist, attending the recent Animal Rights National Conference would confirm your doubts are apparently warranted. According to the Animal Agriculture Alliance, which just released a report on the conference, animal rights extremists made it clear their vision is animal liberation, not promoting animal welfare.

    Tentative tomato agreement with Mexico stresses urgent need for USMCA Congressional approval

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    By striking a tentative deal with Mexican tomato growers, ag leaders are now hoping for the completion of the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA), a major trade deal with the nation’s two largest trading partners. The U.S. Department of Commerce made the announcement Aug. 21 that the domestic tomato industry will be protected from unfair trade, citing it would suspend an antidumping investigation of Mexico dumping tomatoes into the country at artificially low prices.

    Biodiesel on the ropes after EPA punches but not down for the count

    Category: Crops

    by American Soybean Association; Farm News Media

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    It’s a federal program designed to increase markets for American farmers, decrease U.S. dependency on foreign oil, and curb the carbon footprint through reduced emissions. Yet, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is again taking hits this year from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the form of small refinery waivers and flat biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volumes for 2020-21 that, in effect, send the industry staggering backward.

     

    Former MFB President Wayne H. Wood to be inducted into Farmers’ Hall of Fame

    Category: Crops

    by Michigan Farmers’ Hall of Fame

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    Wayne Wood will be honored at the Marshall’s Calhoun County Fairgrounds 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, as part of the Michigan Farmers’ Hall of Fame induction.

    USDA issues Packers and Stockyards complaint against Great Lakes Cattle Marketing Company LLC and Gary Labor

    Category: Livestock

    by USDA

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     As part of its commitment to ensuring fair and competitive markets for the livestock, meat and poultry industries, on Aug. 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a complaint against Great Lakes Cattle Marketing Company LLC and Gary Labor of Saint Louis, Mich., for alleged violations of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act.

    Michigan nationally ranked as a top state for H-2A use

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    Despite wet weather that created planting delays, Michigan farmers in 2019 are still one of the largest users of the H-2A temporary agricultural labor certification program, ranked eighth in the country.

    Darlings to be honored at hall of fame event Sept. 14

    Category: Crops

    by Michigan Farmers’ Hall of Fame

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    The Darlings will be honored at the Marshall’s Calhoun County Fairgrounds 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, as part of the Michigan Farmers’ Hall of Fame induction.

    Analyzing Genomes to Improve Disease Control in Poultry

    Category: Livestock

    by Sandra Avant, USDA’s Agricultural Research Sevice

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    Marek's disease — a highly contagious viral disease caused by a herpesvirus — is a constant threat to poultry worldwide. It is also one of the most preventable diseases with vaccination. However, while vaccines prevent poultry from becoming sick with symptoms of the virus, they do not prevent virus spread and mutation — considered the main reason for increased virus virulence, or severity, in field strains in U.S. commercial flocks.

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