Some townships have been very restrictive and even prohibited on-farm weddings in agriculture zones.
House Republican holdouts seeking a vote on unrelated Immigration Reform measure, and Democrats opposed to “cruel reforms” to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the proposed House version of the 2018 Farm Bill were successful in defeating HR-2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act.
The Senate will now consider House-passed legislation to make science-based improvements to the water withdrawal registration program to address farmer concerns.
On this week's Farm News Five we wade through soggy fields with growers in southeast Michigan, a deadline for Margin Protection Program for dairy producers is nearing, and MAC's Chris Betz is in for the Market Report.
When soldiers who’ve fought for their country return to the Land of Opportunity, too often they find uncertainty. New legislation introduced by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts will give them a better chance to continue serving their country on the farm.
There are some exceptions to the reporting dates.
Newly emerged corn and soybeans use less than 0.5 inch water per week, but many annuals like wheat and rye will dry the soil to a depth of 2–3 feet, leaving the crop dependent on timely rain or irrigation.
“If it passes, it could jeopardize further consideration of the bill, and we’d be back to square one.”
The program will continue for an additional five years, beginning June 8, 2018, and ending June 7, 2023. The current assessment is at a rate not to exceed two cents per pound.
The good news for Michigan consumers? “As the second most diverse agricultural state in the country, consumers can expect an ample supply of locally produced specialty crop fruits and vegetables in their supermarkets and local farmers’ markets this summer,” Robson said.
Given current economic conditions and the fiscal achievements of the farm bill, we strongly urge members not to impose even greater burdens on farmers by attaching harmful amendments during House floor consideration of the farm bill.
Welcome to the 2018 Field Focus feature. This year, six of our seven reporters are members of ProFile, a leadership development program of Michigan Farm Bureau. In each print edition of Michigan Farm News through the growing season, these young farmers will tell you about conditions on their farms and their regions.
Are you wondering what the break-even cost is on your cattle operation? Are you unsure what market price you need on your crops to cover inputs? Questioning if you should buy that piece of equipment this year or next year to minimize income taxes?
Financial benchmarks provide farmers key insights into how their operation is performing financially and help identify areas for improvement.
In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to monitor the operational efficiency of your operation.
Farming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.