Due to the cold harsh winter and recent heavy rains and snow melt, livestock producers should keep a close watch on manure storage structures and pumping equipment.
Lowell offers a helping hand to youth in his community and thrives on giving to others.
If the assessor disagrees in regard to the use of the solar panel, the taxpayer should still file the Personal Property Tax Statement and indicate in writing that they believe the personal property is exempt.
The governor's recommendation for the departments of agriculture, natural resources and environmental quality to form a united front against invasive threats is a sound investment in safeguarding our food supply, according to Michigan Farm Bureau.
Farms will adopt good safety practices if they get some assistance in developing them. But they won't under the strong arm of a regulation that's heavy on paperwork and light on practical guidance.
There's a lot to like about the effort to simplify an extremely complicated tax code. But Camp's proposal will have consequences that may not be acceptable in farm country, even if it only applies, initially, to the biggest farms.
Fish and other aquatic life typically die in late winter, but may not be noticed until a month after the ice leaves the lake because the dead fish and other aquatic life are temporarily preserved by the cold water.
At Hazel Park and Northville Downs, thoroughbred racing will replace harness racing after the tracks are revamped. That leaves the harness racers with 10 days to race at Northville until thoroughbreds take over July 1, and 10 days at Hazel Park until Oct. 18, when thoroughbreds take over.
Despite negative information, eating snow is safe.
Payments will be made to milk producers based on the percentage of their production history they have chosen to protect and the level of margin coverage they have selected.
Under the new law, poachers who kill an antlered buck will now lose their hunting privileges for an additional two years on their first offense (potentially six years in total) and an additional seven years on second and subsequent offenses (potentially 11 years in total).
Latest medium-range forecast guidance continues to call for a general continuation of the eastern North American upper air trough which would almost guarantee more colder- than-normal temperatures.
How the world debt crisis continues to play out, world GDP growth, oil/gas prices, U.S. and world weather, etc., will all play a role, as, to a large degree, they are all unknowns.
Before warm weather arrives and you get busy with field work, spend some time doing maintenance on your farm's legal matters. It is time well spent.
Overall, the agriculture outlook for 2014 is one of reduced profit expectations. The USDA's longer term forecast shows net farm income contracting.
Jeff Andresen | Jan. 27, 2014
Outlooks for the next few weeks generally suggest a continuation of the eastern troughing/western ridging upper-air pattern which has led to our unusually cold winter thus far.