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  • USDA changes deadlines for expiring CSP contracts

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by USDA

    Producers who sign up for CSP contracts must be willing to adopt additional conservation activities aimed at helping them achieve higher levels of conservation on their farms, forests and ranches.

    Changes in the 2014 farm bill will allow CSP participants with expiring contracts to renew them by exceeding stewardship thresholds for two or more existing natural resource concerns specified by the NRCS.

    Farmers asked about wolf opinions

    Category: Livestock

    by Paul W. Jackson

    A study seeks farmers’ opinions about wolves because they are the most impacted by the predators.

    This is a great opportunity to voice your opinion and to be heard on a very controversial topic of interest.

    HSUS launches whistleblower hotline

    Category: Politics

    by MFB

    A privately-funded organization with biased tendencies could easily lead to false accusations.

    Feeding our crops, protecting our water in a changing climate

    Category: Crops

    by Tim Harrigan, MSUE

    On-farm nutrient management has greatly improved in the past twenty-five years, but water quality challenges persist.

    Providing nutrients to crops is essential to farming practices, but is there a way to control water run off with better on-farm management tools?

    Crop insurance deadlines near, one extended

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by USDA

    The final date to purchase or modify crop insurance coverage on most insurable spring-planted crops is March 15.

    USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline

    Category: Politics

    by USDA

    The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.

    Feb. 27 is first of three important farm bill deadlines

    Category: Politics

    by MFB

    This is a one-time election between ARC and PLC for the 2014 through 2018 crop years.

    FAA releases Unmanned Aircraft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

    Category: Technology

    by AFBF

    It is our hope that farmers and ranchers are able to secure the rights through this process to use drones as part of their precision agricultural systems.

    Preview bulls before Evaluation Sale

    Category: Livestock

    by Michigan Cattlemen’s Association

    The MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation is the region's premier central bull appraisal program

    The 27th Annual Bull Evaluation Sale will take place March 21 at the test station. Bulls can be previewed during an Open House at the station on March 7.

    High-Yield Wheat focus of winter grower meeting

    Category: Crops

    by Michigan Wheat Program

    Michigan-grown wheat presents strong marketing advantages for the state’s wheat farmers, yet farmers want to see higher yields, fewer quality risks and greater profitability per acre before converting

    A highlight of the day will be three presentations by Peter Johnson, a noted Canadian wheat researcher and high-management wheat specialist. He will present on “High-Yield Wheat: Setting the Stage,” “Management for High Yields” and “Fine-Tuning Wheat: Other Options.”

    Young farmers gain insight, skills at leadership conference

    Category: People

    by Nikki Baker

    No More Food Fights Breakout - Michelle Payn-Knoper shared tips for how to engage consumers and other farmers in the food conversation.

    In addition to its educational components, the conference provided young farmers an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from each other.
    Related to: Young farmers

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    Mild weather into spring?

    Weather Outlook

    Jeff Andresen | January 30, 2015

    Jeff Andresen pngAnother impact of the recent colder-than-normal temperatures is the development of above- normal ice cover on the Great Lakes

    Decisions, decisions

    Market Outlook

    Dr. Jim Hilker | January 30, 2015

    Jim Hilker png Why am I discussing this in an outlook article? Because a big part of the decision on what (farm bill program) to choose should be based on the next five-year price forecasts, found on my website, and much of the results are based on what has happened to corn, wheat, and soybean prices the past five years.

    Checking import/export projections from Brazil and Argentina

    Market Outlook

    Dr. Jim Hilker | January 15, 2015

    Jim Hilker png Consider checking out the updated USDA/WASDE supply/demand updates for Brazil and Argentina, which were released along with the other Jan. 12 reports. While in a very real sense they are incorporated into the U.S. soybean exports and import projections, and therefore the U.S. supply/demand projections, at this critical time in the South American growing season, they should be interesting and informative on their own

    January welcomes coldest temperatures of winter thus far

    Weather Outlook

    Jeff Andresen | January 15, 2015

    Jeff Andresen pngJust before the end of the year, the deep upper-air troughing feature that had persisted just off the western coast of the U.S. during much of December shifted eastward into the western U.S., and by early January, into the central and eastern U.S. This pattern change led to the passage of several Canadian-origin air masses in early January and to some of the coldest temperatures of the winter thus far.

    Obama's immigration action: What's in it for ag?

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | January 15, 2015 

    John SturgisIn late November, President Obama announced his administration's plans to utilize executive action to reform the current immigration system. The plan did not include any specific options or reforms for agricultural workers. However, many current agricultural workers without status may benefit from the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the initiation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program.

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