• In a Section 179 expensing & bonus depreciation quandary?

    Category: Politics

    Arial of wheat

    Congressional inaction on 2015 Section 179 Expense Deduction and Bonus Depreciation may have a lot farmers scrambling to appropriately manage their year-end tax planning.

    Winter is coming – Is your equipment ready?

    Category: Technology

    by Ben Rice (BarnCat)

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    As harvest season comes to a close, it’s time to start preparing for the cold and properly winterizing your equipment.

    Raise your voice!

    Category: Politics

    by MFB


    Visit Michigan Farm Bureau’s new legislative action center—no log in required—to contact your legislators, urging them to act on issues important to agriculture.

    Attend a Farm Employment Made Simple Seminar near you

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables


    Puzzled by overwhelmingly complex federal & state employment laws? We can help. Attend a Farm Employment Made Simple seminar near you. Locations include: Traverse City, Lawrence, Novi and Grand Rapids

    Stay informed, be social during MFB annual meeting

    Category: Technology

    by Jill Corrin


    Learn the best ways to plug in to Michigan Farm Bureau’s annual meeting and satisfy your tech-communication cravings.

    Fracking ban proposal falls short on signatures

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey


    The Committee to Ban Fracking has at this time fell short of garnering the signatures needed to place a proposal to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing before Michigan voters.


    The Farmer Veteran Coalition of America, which helps veterans transition from military life to farming life, has formed a Michigan state chapter as part of a nationwide expansion of its organization. It is one of four state chapters officially launched last week.

    Michigan dairy herd expansion is 34% of national growth

    Category: Livestock


    Despite a down-turn in prices, Michigan’s dairy producers are still on a growth curve, with the latest USDA figures showing the state’s dairy herd growing by 13,000 head over the last 12 months.

    GMO labeling decisions a victory for consumers, farmers

    Category: Politics

    by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation

    AFBF President Bob Stallman recently commented on the organization’s support of the FDA’s rejection of two mandatory GMO labeling petitions.

    Flexible leases an option as cropland rates decline

    Category: Crops

    by Curtis Talley, Jr., Michigan State University Extension


    Michigan cropland rental rates from 2012 to 2013 increased an average of 10 percent to $154 per acre for tiled cropland, according to Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics.

    Thanksgiving dinner up a tad, to just over $50

    Category: Markets & Weather


    The American Farm Bureau Federation's 30th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $50.11, a 70-cent increase from last year's average of $49.41.

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    Syngenta lawsuits survive motion to dismiss

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | November 25, 2015  

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    Thousands of lawsuits filed against Syngenta in federal district court by farmers, exporters, and grain elevators will continue forward following a recent ruling denying Syngenta's motion to dismiss.


    Field Focus: November 15


    Sponsored by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers

    2015 Field Focus logo The warm weather has Michigan sugar beet harvest on hold again. 

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    Biotech for food justice march

    Opinion blog

    Farmer's Daughter | November 10, 2015

    Amanda Zaluckyj - The Farmer's Daughter BlogSome pretty well known anti-GMO protesters took to the streets of our nation’s capital to protest, among other things, biotechnology.


    This land is your land - I better keep off

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | October 27, 2015  

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    Contrary to Woody Guthrie's catchy tune, there are many good reasons to keep your property "private" and free from uninvited guests: the potential for property damage, theft, and liability for injuries to name a few.


    Cover your asset

    Opinion blog

    Damian Mason | September 24, 2015

    Damian MasonCover crops, admittedly, face some battles. For generations we’ve equated clean fields to good farming. I’m not the only farm kid who experienced a weekly Sunday drive after church to “check the crops,” which really meant: “snooping on the neighbors’ fields.”