Michigan Farm News
  • Wine experts wowed by Michigan’s vintage

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council

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    The competition is co-sponsored by the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, which will host a Gold Medal Wine Reception featuring the best wines from the competition on Thursday, July 27th.

    Rural groups call for representation on Trump’s infrastructure council

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

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    “In order to ensure the council’s report is as comprehensive as possible, we urge you to consider the voices of our rural communities,” the Rebuild Rural Coalition wrote.

    Stress of the flies

    Category: People

    by Paul W. Jackson

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    “This has been an amazing team effort, and while farmers are feeling the stress right now of having to spray so much and spend so much more money, we’ll swat this fly.”

    Onion growers approve continuation referendum

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by MDARD

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    In a unanimous vote, Michigan’s onion producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Onion Promotion and Development Program, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams announced Aug. 14.

    $8.4 million in new agriculture R&D funds approved

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Nicole Sevrey

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    The state’s agriculture department will receive an almost 20 percent increase in funding for 2017-18, including a new $8.4 million line item dedicated to agriculture industry research and development.

    Onion growers to vote on program continuation

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by MDARD

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    Currently, the assessment is 6 cents per hundredweight of onions.

    What’s the potential for spotted wing Drosophila infestation in dropped cherries?

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Nikki Rothwell, MSUE, Mike Haas and Larry Gut, MSU Department of Entomology; and Emily Pochubay, MSUE.

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    We screened June-dropped and wind-dropped fruit to determine levels of spotted wing Drosophila infestation in tart and sweet cherries.

    Fruit production up in 2016

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by USDA

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    Michigan fruit production was up from 2015.

    Plan to change when dealing with spotted wing Drosophila

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Mark Longstroth, MSUE

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    Growers will need a fresh approach to managing spotted wing Drosophila.

    Alibaba – selling ag-products to Chinese consumers, one click at time

    Category: Politics

    by Dennis Rudat

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    Addressing an audience of 3,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs attending the inaugural Alibaba Gateway ’17 trade conference at Detroit’s Cobo Hall, company founder and Executive Chairman, Jack Ma, small in stature, stood as a giant in the global economy.

     

    Fruit frost damage assessments underway

    Category: Crops

    by Dennis Rudat

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    Compounding the difficulty in damage assessment were wide temperature swings throughout western Michigan.

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  • Columns

    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.

    Challenges and opportunities for young, beginning and small farmers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | May 3, 2017 

    Ashley Den DulkFarming is a challenging undertaking, with long days that start early and are filled with physical demands from running the tractor to calving cows to fixing equipment to repairing fence posts.
     

    Create a gun trust

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | May 3, 2017 

    Reisner 2I am frequently asked "what is a gun trust and when should I create one?" The short answer is that gun trusts are created primarily to acquire, possess and use firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (the NFA).

    Important considerations for capital investments

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | April 24, 2017 

     Leo PaschFor many farmers, it seems hardly a year goes by without some form of capital investment, whether in equipment, facilities, livestock or land.