If you’re a young farmer between the ages of 18 to 35, Michigan Farm Bureau’s 22-member State Young Farmer Committee wants to hear from you. The online 2019 Young Farmer Survey is intended to capture a complete understanding of young farmer members and their expectations.
A group of farmers and truckers from West Michigan will travel to flood-stricken areas of Nebraska over Easter weekend to deliver much needed relief supplies following devasting damage to land, property and livestock. Farm and Rancher Aid from West Michigan engaged in a similar effort in 2017 to Kansas and Oklahoma following wildfires in the region.
Farmers, processors and institutions of higher learning who are interested in Michigan’s newest agricultural crop — industrial hemp — will now have an opportunity to test the waters under the state’s new Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program.
A Mason County brewer wants his home-based business rezoned as a microbrewery agribusiness. The Mason County Zoning Board of Appeals apparently disagrees.
A million bushel increase in 2018-19 ending stocks. At 2.035 billion bushels, the current ending stocks projection reflects weakening demand for corn that looks to continue through the second half of the marketing year.
Adoption of cover crops as a key soil health practice continues at a rapid rate throughout the country, according to new data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Cover crops were planted on 15.4 million acres in 2017, an increase of 50% over five years, the census shows. According to MFB Field Crops Specialist Theresa Sisung, Michigan farmers were just slightly over the national average, boosting cover crops acres by 54% over the same period to 673,205 acres.
Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans.
Pending final sentencing hearings scheduled for August 19, it appears a six-year-long agricultural financial and legal drama for one of Michigan’s largest former crop operators will come to an end. Mike and Melissa Stamp each entered separate plea agreements with U.S. Attorneys on Thursday, according to legal documents filed with the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan’s Southern Division. Both plead guilty to reduced charges related to crop insurance, bank and bankruptcy fraud.
Are you a farmer who needs seasonal or temporary workers for planting, cultivating or harvesting the multitude of Michigan specialty crops? If so, USDA has announced a new interactive H-2A Visa Checklist Tool as the latest addition to the farmers.gov website.
Last December’s early onset of winter weather combined with heavy snow cover may mean some Michigan manure storage structures are nearing capacity. Sporadic spring rains may delay timing even further and/or increase the risk of run-off if not properly applied and incorporated. There are no simple solutions, but thinking through your specific situation and monitoring it daily can help prevent, or at least minimize, environmental risks and potential regulatory issues.
Despite claims of having corn nitrogen rates “locked in,” year-to-year relationships between optimal nitrogen rates and corn grain yield are, at best, often quite poor or non-existent. A new online tool, the Maximum Return to Nitrogen or MRTN model can help you dial in your corn crop’s nitrogen needs.