Michigan Farm News

  • Tax Planning 2019: Prevented Planting Indemnity, Market Facilitation Program, and Cost-Share Payments

    Category: Crops

    by Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management & Director, OSU Income Tax Schools; Farm News Media


    With unprecedented amounts of prevented planting insurance claims this year, many producers will be considering different tax management strategies in dealing with this unusual income stream. In a normal year, producers have flexibility in how they generate and report income. With a large amount of income from insurance indemnity payments, however, that flexibility is greatly reduced.

    Expect delayed soybean aphid treatment thresholds this year

    Category: Crops

    by Ricardo Costa, MSU Extension


    Soybean aphids can infest soybean plants, causing yellowing, distorted leaves and stunted plants. You should be using the threshold of 250 soybean aphids per soybean plant when scouting your fields. Aphids’ presence near the threshold levels would indicate that an insecticide application might be beneficial.

    Mt. Bruce Farm — MBPN’s 2019 Barn of the Year in the ‘continued ag use’ category

    Category: Livestock

    by Michigan Barn Preservation Network


    The Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MBPN) recognizes Mt. Bruce Barn in Macomb County as the 2019 Barn of the Year in the Continued Agricultural Use category. Current owner, Peter Uhlianuk, was on hand to receive the award at MBPN’s 24th Annual Conference held June at the Dawn Farms Conference Center in Ypsilanti.

    Cover crop choices on preventative plant and post-harvest wheat acres for forage

    Category: Livestock, Crops

    by Christina Curell, MSU Extension


    : Livestock farmers throughout Michigan are facing many struggles this growing season, including having enough feed to sustain their herds throughout winter. Planting cover crops after wheat is an excellent way to produce good forage that can be used to feed livestock through the fall. Join the MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on July 18, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Dean Baas, cover crop educator, will discuss how cover crops planted in preventative planted acres can be used as a forage and cover crop choices following wheat.

    A lot to celebrate at this year’s MLE ‘Sale-Abration’

    Category: Livestock

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media; Steve Paradiso | Farm News Media


    2019-07-17 176 Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media; Steve Paradiso | Farm News Media The 2019 MLE Sale-Abration is the week-long culmination of animals competing for various titles. There were 500 exhibitors showing 1000 head of multi-species livestock. The sale of champions featured 32 lots shown by 31 e

    MSU’s ‘Industrial Hemp Production 101’ webinar series launching July 18

    Category: Crops

    by Heidi Lindberg, Michigan State University Extension


    Industrial hemp was legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill and is a new opportunity for Michigan growers. Michigan State University Extension is hosting a webinar series, “Industrial Hemp Production 101,” to cover the basics of growing industrial hemp and considerations for growers considering entering the industry of this burgeoning crop.

    Is there a looming forage crisis?

    Category: Livestock

    by Dennis Rudat | Farm News Media

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    As many Michigan livestock producers already know, forage inventories are already at critically low levels. Unfortunately, it could get worse — a lot worse, according to seventh-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer Daniel Olson. He should know. Olson also operates Forage Innovations, a forage consulting business in Lena, Wisconsin, doing business in 20 states on herds representing 650,000 cows.

    $20 million in state-level grants available to expand broadband access

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau, Office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer


    Michigan Farm Bureau applauds Governor Whitmer’s recent announcement opening the application window for the Connecting Michigan Communities grant program to increase broadband availability in underserved areas.

    ZFS Ithaca to receive soybeans at 2019 harvest

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    Construction of Michigan’s largest soybean processing facility is nearing completion — and just in time for the 2019 soybean harvest. Zeeland-based Zeeland Farm Services (ZFS) Inc. announced on Monday that its affiliate soybean plant, ZFS Ithaca LLC, will begin taking delivery of soybeans, with plans to begin actual processing operations later this year.

    Sen. Peters responds to ag inspection shortage at U.S. borders

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau


    U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are among a bipartisan group introducing legislation to address the shortage of inspectors who protect our food supply and agricultural industries at the border by preventing the intentional or unintentional entry of harmful plants, food, animals and goods.

    Electronic filing proposal to expedite seasonal labor process for farmers

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    A U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposal will help U.S. farmers struggling to source legal and stable sources of agricultural labor, industry leaders say. The announcement this week from the department will modernize and improve the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program by mandating electronic filing of job orders and applications.

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