“…The most essential and democratic component for the rulemaking, the public notice and comment process, was abused and corrupted in a way that drowned out opposition to help justify the agency’s actions,” the letter states.
Within days of the groundbreaking, Purdue University reported that pork production may soon pass beef production for the first time since the 1950s.
Jeff VanderWerff relies on bumble bees instead of honey bees to make sure his trees are pollinated.
"Michigan farmers who grow any of the eligible crops (new and existing) should explore the coverage options using the online tools available through USDA and by speaking with their crop insurance agent," said Kate Krepps, Michigan Farm Bureau's field crops specialist.
Growers should treat all fields on a minimum five-day schedule in Montcalm, Gratiot, Ionia and Mecosta counties. All other growers should continue to scout on a weekly basis.
“The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ new rule is an overreach of the authority Congress intended when it wrote the Clean Water Act. The rule will place farmers and landowners in a constant state of uncertainty about whether their lands are actually regulated “Waters of the United States.”
With changing climatic patterns around the country, more competition for limited water supplies, and increasing demand for a safe and affordable food supply, farmers do and will continue to protect natural resources while maintaining vital, profitable businesses.
In the line-up of YouTube channels, a new one stands out — GrowPro's of Genesee County by the Genesee County Farm Bureau. Featuring short video clips of local farmers performing everyday chores, the channel aims to help inform and educate the general public about modern-day agriculture while also engaging the county Farm Bureau membership.
Dairy herds in Michigan produced 865 million pounds of milk during June, up 7.2 percent from a year ago, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. The daily rate per cow was 70.7 pounds, up 1.2 pounds from June 2014. The dairy herd was estimated at 408,000 head for May, up 21,000 head from a year earlier.
It is important for a borrower to understand that a lender uses loan terms and conditions to help manage the risk of potential loan losses and servicing costs. Well-defined terms provide a description of a loan along with related requirements.
The spirit of the agrarian creed lives on and its basic tenets remain, especially the concept of the family farm and the importance of private property rights.
Unfortunately, EPA's attempts to provide clarity and certainty resulted in an even greater expansion of federal jurisdiction over ditches and other isolated waters.
Updated numbers led me to raise my price estimate for 2015-’16 from $3.50 to $3.90, and as of this writing the market agrees.
More often than not, cooler and wetter-than-normal weather during El Nino summers result in above-normal crop yields across many portions of the Corn Belt.
Welcome to our 2015 Field Focus. In this newest edition, get an insider's view on what's happening in grapes, pickles, bee farming and more from Farm Bureau field reporters across the state.
My grandmother had her left knee replaced. Her “natural” knee had become painful and didn’t function well. Her “synthetic” knee causes her no pain and functions perfectly each time she uses it. Does anyone really think she should have stuck with her “natural” knee because nature is better? No.