• Mr. Smith takes on Washington — and wins

    Category: People

    by Paul W. Jackson

    Former Congressman Nick Smith and wife Bonnie pose near the wet spot that has caused so much trouble in Hillsdale County.

    Former Congressman Nick Smith’s court victory may finally slow government’s moving regulatory target about which farmers complain so often.

    Champion for agriculture dies

    Category: People

    by MFB

    Neal Nitz silver plow award

    He always identified himself as a farmer. That went ahead of everything he did and accomplished.

    “Our team will develop and promote water-, nutrient- and climate-smart technologies,” Basso said. “Our goal will be to integrate crop models with yield maps, satellite, airborne and UAV imagery and to make them more accessible to producers and stakeholders.”

    COOL rule a misused tool?

    Category: Politics

    by Paul W. Jackson

    Meat labels are a factor in the COOL dispute, and force packers to add tremendous time, costs and inefficiencies.

    Failure to repair the problems could cost U.S taxpayers more than a billion dollars each year besides potential cost increases for products on that list. It will likely take an act of Congress to change what could end up costing Michigan nearly 1,500 jobs, and 17,000 jobs nationwide.

    AG limits county’s permit authority

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Nicole Sevrey

    Load limits

    Michigan Farm Bureau is pleased with Attorney General Bill Schuette’s recent ruling that a county road commission does not have the authority, without agreement of the hauler, to enforce additional permit conditions to transport agricultural commodities while truck weight limitations are in effect.

    House to vote on estate tax repeal Thursday

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

    Farm businesses need a tax code that encourages investment rather than one that punishes their success.

    MI Youth Livestock Scholarship apps due May 31

    Category: Livestock

    by Jill Corrin, MDARD

    Scholarship - Academic Scholarship

    Don't let the opportunity to apply for scholarships from the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) pass you by! Until May 31, eligible young people can apply for a MYLSF general scholarship (awarded in increments up to $1,500) or a statewide scholarship (awarded in amounts up to $1,000.)

    Maximize your return on corn nitrogen investments

    Category: Crops

    by Kurt Steinke, MSUE

    tractor sprayer

    Several consecutive years of volatile spring weather and lower crop prices may bring uncertainty when selecting corn nitrogen recommendations.

    Long-eared bat to be on threatened list?

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

    The Northern Long-Eared bat’s potential listing under the Endangered Species Act could have far-reaching implications on farming

    AFBF is very concerned that the proposed listing and concurrent interim rule may impose undue harm to farmers, ranchers, and landowners by restricting activities.

    GMO-produced food: big gap in opinion

    Category: Technology

    by Pew Research Center

    Nearly nine-in-ten (88 percent) scientists say it is generally safe to eat GM foods compared with 37 percent of the general public.

    Soybean fields needed in northeast Michigan for white-tailed deer study

    Category: Crops

    by James DeDecker, MSUE

    Deer in the beans

    MSU Extension will measure soybean yield loss to wildlife by placing exclusion cages in fields expected to have various ranges of deer feeding pressure based on habitat conditions.

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    I wanna be offended when I grow up

    Opinion blog

    Damian Mason | March 25, 2015

    Damian Mason BlogBeing offended isn't a job, you say?  Sure it is, and those who devote their work week to the profession are growing by leaps and bounds.

    Glyphosate as a carcinogen, explained

    Opinion blog

    Farmer's Daughter | March 23, 2015

    Amanda Zaluckyj - The Farmer's Daughter BlogFaults can be found in a recent determination of glyphosate as a 2A potential carcinogen but to be clear, it's not about about the safety of genetically modified crops.


    Three questions for markets

    Dr. Jim Hilker | February 28, 2015

    Jim Hilker png Three questions that need to be asked are, what will the basis do between now and July, what direction will futures take, and how much risk are you willing to take?

    Bitter cold weather continued across the Great Lakes

    Weather Outlook

    Jeff Andresen | February 15, 2015

    Jeff Andresen pngBitter cold weather continued across the Great Lakes region during the first half of February in response to the continued presence of a deep upper-air trough over eastern North America.

    Manure rulings stink for farmers

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | February 15, 2015 

    Matt EugsterHistorically, the agricultural industry has not been the focus of stringent enforcement by environmental agencies. Presumably, regulators did not subject the agricultural community to the same level of scrutiny as industrial facilities because farms and food processing facilities do not typically use industrial chemicals.

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