• Farm Bureau asks Congressmen to urge EPA investigation

    Category: Politics

    by Paul W. Jackson

    Farmers support Congress’s call for an investigation of EPA tactics in promoting its power-grabbing Waters of the U.S. rule.

    “…The most essential and democratic component for the rulemaking, the public notice and comment process, was abused and corrupted in a way that drowned out opposition to help justify the agency’s actions,” the letter states.

    Pork plant timing nearly perfect

    Category: Livestock

    by Paul W. Jackson

    New pork production increases have made the nascent Coldwater processing plant a project with impeccable timing.

    Within days of the groundbreaking, Purdue University reported that pork production may soon pass beef production for the first time since the 1950s.

    Pollination, labor issues linger

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Brian VanOchten

    Sparta apple grower Jeff VanderWerff inspects one of his trees in preparation for the upcoming harvest next month.

    Jeff VanderWerff relies on bumble bees instead of honey bees to make sure his trees are pollinated.

    New insurance options available for fruit and nut producers

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Nicole Sevrey

    "Michigan farmers who grow any of the eligible crops (new and existing) should explore the coverage options using the online tools available through USDA and by speaking with their crop insurance agent," said Kate Krepps, Michigan Farm Bureau's field crops specialist.

    Potato late blight found in four counties

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Willie Kirk and Noah Rosenzweig, MSUE Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

    Growers should treat all fields on a minimum five-day schedule in Montcalm, Gratiot, Ionia and Mecosta counties. All other growers should continue to scout on a weekly basis.

    EPA water rule challenged again

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF, MFB

    Even ditches will be subject to EPA’s interpretation of a Water of the U.S. after it put out its new rule, which farmers have opposed for years.

    “The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ new rule is an overreach of the authority Congress intended when it wrote the Clean Water Act. The rule will place farmers and landowners in a constant state of uncertainty about whether their lands are actually regulated “Waters of the United States.”

    Farmers improve efficiency, reduce water use

    Category: Crops

    by Laura Campbell

    With changing climatic patterns around the country, more competition for limited water supplies, and increasing demand for a safe and affordable food supply, farmers do and will continue to protect natural resources while maintaining vital, profitable businesses.

    Genesee County debuts GrowPro’s YouTube channel

    Category: Technology

    by Jill Corrin

    Genesee Grow Pro

    In the line-up of YouTube channels, a new one stands out — GrowPro's of Genesee County by the Genesee County Farm Bureau. Featuring short video clips of local farmers performing everyday chores, the channel aims to help inform and educate the general public about modern-day agriculture while also engaging the county Farm Bureau membership.

    June Milk Production

    Category: Farm News Stories

    Dairy herds in Michigan produced 865 million pounds of milk during June, up 7.2 percent from a year ago, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. The daily rate per cow was 70.7 pounds, up 1.2 pounds from June 2014. The dairy herd was estimated at 408,000 head for May, up 21,000 head from a year earlier.

    Loan terms: What you must know

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by John Jones, GreenStone Farm Credit Services

    It is important for a borrower to understand that a lender uses loan terms and conditions to help manage the risk of potential loan losses and servicing costs. Well-defined terms provide a description of a loan along with related requirements.

    The Spirit of the Agrarian Creed

    Category: Opinion

    by Stewart Truelsen

    The spirit of the agrarian creed lives on and its basic tenets remain, especially the concept of the family farm and the importance of private property rights.

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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.

    Rain leads to 3-bushel forecast decrease

    Market Outlook

    Dr. Jim Hilker | July 15, 2015

    Jim Hilker png  Updated numbers led me to raise my price estimate for 2015-’16 from $3.50 to $3.90, and as of this writing the market agrees.

    Rain makes corn?

    Weather Outlook

    Jeff Andresen | July 15, 2015

    Jeff Andresen pngMore often than not, cooler and wetter-than-normal weather during El Nino summers result in above-normal crop yields across many portions of the Corn Belt.

    Field Focus: July 15


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    2015 Field Focus logoWelcome to our 2015 Field Focus. In this newest edition, get an insider's view on what's happening in grapes, pickles, bee farming and more from Farm Bureau field reporters across the state. 

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    Whole Foods (Finally) Gets A Label Right

    Opinion blog

    Farmer's Daughter | July 7, 2015

    Amanda Zaluckyj - The Farmer's Daughter BlogMy grandmother had her left knee replaced. Her “natural” knee had become painful and didn’t function well. Her “synthetic” knee causes her no pain and functions perfectly each time she uses it. Does anyone really think she should have stuck with her “natural” knee because nature is better? No.