The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is implementing changes, effective Dec. 18, 2017 to the voluntary U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef.
More than 6 million feral swine are located in at least 35 states across the United States. Their damages to agricultural crops alone are estimated at $190 million each year.
With the firearm deer season complete, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has now identified a total of 30 free-ranging white-tailed deer that are confirmed or suspected to have chronic wasting disease.
A special disease management firearm deer hunt has been scheduled for Jan. 4-7 and Jan. 11-14 in Alpena County on lands south of M-32.
Hog prices this fall have been stronger than anticipated. In early October, USDA analysts estimated that fourth quarter live prices would average $38 to $40 per hundredweight. Now it looks like the actual price will be $46 to $47.
Farmers with land in the Rabbit River Watershed are eligible to receive funds through a new grant program aimed at improving watershed health and reducing sediment loading.
Farmers and agribusiness professionals will have the opportunity to learn about the latest 2017 field trial research results during four Thumb Ag Review meetings in December. RUP, CCA and MAEAP Phase 1 credits will be available.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established in the 2014 Farm Bill with bipartisan congressional support, has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation and Animal Agriculture Alliance to study consumer understanding and willingness-to-pay for alternative production practices in animal agriculture.
On Wednesday, December 13, MSU Extension will host an educational tour at Hogan Dairy in Muir, Michigan.
“This value is closer to the long-term average proportion of the
retail value of 13.4 percent.”
“Strengthening provisions of the Packers and Stockyards Act would help ensure that farmers who market livestock would be at the top of the priority list.”
In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to monitor the operational efficiency of your operation.
It is generally well accepted that a building permit is not required for buildings used for agricultural purposes if the building does not include retail trade.
Farming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.
As more employers plan to use the H-2A program, completing the following items this year will make an easier transition to H-2A employment.
The 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.