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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
Maximizing profit and returns on resource invested can be dependent on the last irrigation application.
Related to: Crops, irrigation
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.
Internet access increases as more producers use satellite
and wireless connections
On 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!
I suspect the Michigan wheat crop doesn’t need any more rain, at least not in the recent quantities!
I'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.
Wheat harvest is over, and rain in early August was good for just about everyone, say your Field Focus reporters.
Unfortunately, EPA's attempts to provide clarity and certainty resulted in an even greater expansion of federal jurisdiction over ditches and other isolated waters.