Cherry players say any financial help can go a long way, especially for an industry that’s losing money for every pound it produces.
An executive order will help modernize the regulatory framework for agricultural biotechnology products.
Sparta farmer Nick Schweitzer passes the time farming by streaming his favorite TV shows and movies on Netflix, HBO and Hulu. He’s not alone among Michigan farmers trying to mitigate long work days with some form of entertainment.
For more than a half-century, the Michigan Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer (YF) program has been vital to identify, attract, develop and involve new YF members in Farm Bureau. Our program is vibrant at all levels of the organization, through county YF Committees, the State Young Farmer Committee, and nationally through the AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Committee. As we look toward our next 100 years, we are asking for your help to keep our program strong, vibrant, and engaging for young farmers.
MSU Extension and Michigan Food and Farming Systems invite growers, field managers, pest consultants and everyone involved in insect pest management in blueberries, raspberries and strawberries to attend our first 2019 SWD IPM Workshop. The workshop will be offered on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022.
A provision involving site selection for new and expanding livestock farms received approval Wednesday from the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The number of wineries in the state continues to grow, with more than 400 small winemaker licenses in the state — and more than 140 of those using a majority of Michigan-grown fruit in their production. The state has more than 3,050 acres devoted to wine grape vineyards, and Riesling is the No. 1 planted grape variety.
Hops, grain crops, and cherries — there’s not much the Lycorma delicatula won’t feed on. The invasive insect from Asia, known as the spotted lanternfly, has yet to trek to Michigan. Still, entomology and invasive species experts warn that if the pest were to migrate here, Michigan’s grape industry could be in peril.
Five dried tart cherry processors are hoping a countervailing and anti-dumping duties case against Turkey dried cherry products will help even out the international trade playing field for area producers who “helped build it,” Michigan Farm News has learned.
More Michigan students than ever have access to fresh produce, thanks to a state farm-to-school program. The 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids and Farms program this year provided 135,000 children with locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
Harbor Hill bottles other winemakers’ wines. At full capacity, Simpson said his Traverse City-based service is capable of bottling 1,800 cases per day, with either cork- or screw-crap closures. He also offers custom labeling and grape-crushing services.