Michigan Farm News

  • Will farm income really drop to a 12-year low in 2018?

    Category: People

    by Todd Kuethe, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

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    ERS forecasts 2018 net cash income at $91.9 billion, a 5.2 percent reduction from their current forecast for 2017 of $96.9 billion, and ERS forecasts 2018 net farm income at $59.5 billion, a 6.7 percent reduction from their current forecast for 2017 of $63.8 billion.

    Farm News Five: Planter Set Up

    Category: Farm News Five

    by Farm News Media

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    Watch this weeks Farm News Five: Spring planting checklist, TB cattle found in Kalamazoo County, and a Michigan Agricultural Commodities market report featuring Chris Betz.

    Change at the top: Adams goes to USDA, Wenk appointed MDARD director

    Category: People

    by MDARD, Farm News Media

    new MDARD Director

    Gov. Rick Snyder announces resignation of MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams, appointment of Gordon Wenk as replacement


    Are forages 2018's shining star for profitability?

    Category: Crops

    by Phil Kaatz, MSUE

    Increasing profitability with forages

    Forage meetings throughout Michigan during March 2018 will highlight profitability opportunities with alfalfa and corn silages for farmers.

    Act now: Family farms are NOT hazardous waste sites

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF, MFB

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    Common-sense legislation has been introduced in Congress to fix farm reporting requirements of air emissions from animal waste, but your voice is needed to make it a reality.


    Roads get $175 billion more

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media, David Maturen

    Roads get a boost

    The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment.


    Farm stress webinar set for March 27

    Category: People

    by MSU

    Stress and farming

    An MSU workshop is specially designed for people who work with agricultural producers and farm families who want to know more about managing farm-related stress.


    Caring for communities far and near

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

    Caring for communities far and near

    “This is just another example of what Farm Bureau and its employees do to help the community.”


    The time has come for industrial hemp

    Category: Opinion, Crops

    by Jim Holte

    The time has come for industrial hemp

    I believe this country is ready to go forward with the legalization of industrial hemp and move beyond nearly five decades of industrial hemp’s unfortunate misalignment with its more infamous cannabis cousin.


    New resource available for winter manure application decisions

    Category: Crops

    by Erica Rogers and Shelby Burlew, MSUE

    New resource available for winter manure application options

    How do I know if it’s safe to spread manure this winter?

    A landmark career of involvement

    Category: People

    by Jeremy Christian Nagel

    A landmark career of involvement

    At last month’s Voice of Agriculture Conference, Benson stepped down from the state-level Promotion and Education committee after maxing out her three two-year terms—six years total serving on one of the organization’s most influential bodies.

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    Measuring operational efficiencies

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | November 9, 2017 

    In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to monitor the operational efficiency of your operation.

    Apply for building permits at your own risk

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | September 19, 2017 

    Matt ZimmermanIt is generally well accepted that a building permit is not required for buildings used for agricultural purposes if the building does not include retail trade.

    Understanding operating loans

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | September 7, 2017 

    Martin KarperskiFarming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.

    Tips to prepare now for H-2A next year

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | July 6, 2017 

    Kimberly Clark pngAs more employers plan to use the H-2A program, completing the following items this year will make an easier transition to H-2A employment.

    Dairy: an unenviable position

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | June 6, 2017 

    Ben SpitzleyThe dairy industry is facing a challenging time, a cyclical downturn that’s lasted longer than in previous cycles, and is expected to continue for at least the near-term.