Michigan Farm News
  • Fruit frost damage assessments underway

    Category: Crops

    by Dennis Rudat

    frost damage

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

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

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

    Alibaba 1

    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.

     

    Scouting and managing mummy berry in blueberries

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Annemiek Schilder, MSUE, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

    mummy berries

    If you haven’t been monitoring mummy berry mummies under your blueberry bushes, now is the time to do so.

    New water quality standards major hurdle for produce growers

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Dean Peterson

    apples being washed in machine

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about challenges farmers will face when they try to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

    Inaugural 'Cider Week GR' celebrates Michigan cider producers

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by West Michigan tourist Association

    hard cider

    Cider Week GR coincides with the world’s largest cider judging competition, the 12th annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition

    Groups collaborate, advocate for research and workforce funding

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Nicole Sevrey

    lansing capital

    Food and agriculture industry stakeholders—including Michigan Farm Bureau—recently collaborated to advocate for funding to modernize the state’s sole fruit and vegetable laboratory, and to build three mobile learning labs focused on value-added food processing.

    Cherry producers approve continuing checkoff

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by MDARD

    Cherry harvest

    101 producers voted yes (75 percent) representing 134,134,560.59 pounds of cherries (88 percent of the production volume represented) and 34 producers voted no (25 percent) representing 18,888,510.95 pounds (12 percent).

    Preseason fruit IPM meetings set for March 21 and 23

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Mark Longstroth, Brad Baughman and Bill Shane, MSUE

    fruit bud

    Updates are planned for fruit growers about pest and disease control strategies for the 2017 growing season.

    Mild winter means early start to fruit disease control

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Mark Longstroth, MSUE

    fruit sprayer

    Warm weather has fruit crops growing. Now is the time for dormant sprays to control early diseases in stone fruit (peaches, plums and cherries), blueberries and raspberries.

    EPA risk assessment threatens 27 important pesticides

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Nicole Sevrey

    Action Alert Flag

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued draft ecological risk assessments for 27 pesticides that is raising alarm among farmers nationwide. Tell EPA to revise their assessment and allow for continued responsible use of these critical crop protection tools by visiting our Legislative Action Center.

    Blueberry growers approve checkoff

    Category: Crops

    by MDARD, Farm News Media

    blueberries

    “The Michigan Blueberry Advisory Committee and MDARD, along with other supporters met regularly for the last two years, putting forth an undeniable amount of effort, for the betterment of the industry,” said Kevin Robson of MFB

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  • Columns

    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.

    What's the status of WOTUS?

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | April 3, 2017 

     PhelpsThe EPA and Army Corps had been without a valid WOTUS definition for some time.