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  • Injunction issued to delay EPA’s WOTUS rule

    Category: Politics

    by Paul W. Jackson

    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will continue to enforce Michigan’s law, which it believes is fully compliant with the Clean Water Act.

    Lewis farm hosts public tomorrow

    Category: People

    Fourth-generation farmers Bruce and Jennifer Lewis will open their farm to the public tomorrow for a Breakfast on the Farm event.  These events help people understand where their food comes from and how much care goes into growing it.

    NAP deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 1

    Category: Crops

    by FSA, MFB

    FSA

    The application and service fee must be filed by Sept.1, 2015, for value loss crops, and by Sept. 30, 2015 for small grains and perennial forage.

    China opens door to Michigan agriculture

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Paul W. Jackson

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    "This is the first time we've ever had the opportunity to pick up the phone and call companies in China who are interested in our products directly," said MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.

    An axe for the roots

    Category: Politics

    by Paul W. Jackson

    axe for roots

    Even drain tiles used to connect newly regulated waters could be under scrutiny, and other situations may lead to a 4000-foot buffer of regulation.

    Crop insurance coverage fall deadlines approaching

    Category: Crops

    by MFB, FSA

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    The 2014 farm bill expanded the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to include higher levels of protection. Beginning, underserved and limited resource farmers are now eligible for free catastrophic level coverage, as well as discounted premiums for additional levels of protection.

    Peters Bros. Farm Supply Field Day & Horsch

    Category: Technology

    German farm machinery manufacturer Horsch teamed up with its Michigan partner, Peters Bros. Farm Supply, for a day of field demonstrations showing off the latest products to best help farmers. 

    Bees, EPA land grab are connected

    Category: Technology

    by Paul W. Jackson

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    "We don't need another federally mandated heavy-handed approach," Campbell said. "FIFRA and WOTUS are two different things, but if WOTUS says that low spot in your field is now a Water of the U.S., FIFRA rules will prohibit you from spraying there."

    When can I stop irrigating?

    Category: Crops

    by Lyndon Kelley

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    Maximizing profit and returns on resource invested can be dependent on the last irrigation application.

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    8 tips for covering bunkers to preserve nutrients

    Category: Crops

    by DuPont Pioneer

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    University studies show that air can penetrate up to 4 feet into a well-packed bunker, resulting in an increased 33 percent dry matter loss of the upper four feet.

    Farm computer use ticks up

    Category: Technology

    by USDA’s NASS

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    Internet access increases as more producers use satellite and wireless connections

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    That Time Fran Drescher Tweeted About GMOs

    Opinion blog

    Farmer's Daughter | August 24, 2015

    Amanda Zaluckyj - The Farmer's Daughter BlogOn Sunday morning, Fran Drescher, mostly known for her role on The Nanny, tweeted about the latest claimed danger of biotechnology. Taking advantage of an opportunity to correct some misinformation, I reached out to her. Unfortunately, I was not aware that Fran was an adamant and outspoken critic of GMOs and doesn’t really care about whether she’s right or not!

     

    Some is a lot better than none

    Market Outlook

    Dr. Jim Hilker | August 19, 2015

    Jim Hilker png  I suspect the Michigan wheat crop doesn’t need any more rain, at least not in the recent quantities!

    Why I’m pro GMO — A farm boy’s perspective

    Opinion blog

    Damian Mason | August 18, 2015

    Damian MasonI'm a fan of GMOs. Why? Because Genetically Modified Organisms — those demonized, misunderstood, boogiemen disguised as farm crops you've heard so much misinformation about — are wonderful technological advancements. Put simply, GMOs hold the promise of saving earth, along with lots of human lives.

     

    Field Focus: August 7

    People

    Sponsored by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers

    2015 Field Focus logoWheat harvest is over, and rain in early August was good for just about everyone, say your Field Focus reporters.

     

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    Ditches are under EPA control

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | July 31, 2015 

    Matt ZimmermanUnfortunately, EPA's attempts to provide clarity and certainty resulted in an even greater expansion of federal jurisdiction over ditches and other isolated waters.

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