With the possible exception of beef – and to a lesser extent poultry – swine and dairy sectors will continue struggling to shake the long tail of oversupply and ongoing trade disputes in 2019, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s team of economic analysts.
From misinformation to miseducation, the public’s perception of food is in flux — and farmers know it.
Horses require extra TLC when low temperatures are accompanied by wet and windy conditions, especially in severe winter weather conditions. Ensure horses have adequate shelter, water, dry bedding, and feed when temperatures drop.
The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) honored this month Ramona Ann Okkema-Clark of Blanchard, Mich., with the 2019 Excellence in Dairy Promotion award at the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference in Frankenmuth. The award recognizes one outstanding Michigan dairy farm family member for his or her dedication to promoting dairy foods and the local dairy community.
Once again in 2019, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) is providing the opportunity for youth to compete for scholarships to be used for educational purposes. Applicants must be a resident of Michigan and a graduating high school senior or a high school graduate continuing their education at an accredited institution in the year in which they are applying.
Based on the list of National Dairy Quality Award (NDQA) recipients recognized by the National Mastitis Council (NMC) during the organization’s 58th annual meeting, Michigan dairy farmers don’t just set the bar — they are the bar, as the saying goes. Out of 35 national Gold and Silver award winners, 17 were from Michigan — an impressive 48.6 percent in national competition to recognize dairy farmers for outstanding quality milk production through NMC’s NDQA program.
Saying it’s imperative that consumers have accurate information about the food products they consume, Michigan Farm Bureau called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to vigorously enforce food standards regarding the labeling of dairy products.
Kelly Boles Chapman of Bellevue, Mich., has been named 2018 Paint Professional Horsewoman of the Year by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). APHA will honor Kelly during the APHA 2019 Convention, taking place March 1-3 in Fort Worth, Texas.
After “identifying a violation” to animal welfare standards, Clemens Food Group will no longer work with two third-party haulers in the area, Michigan Farm News has learned. The announcement Jan. 31 from Clemens, a Hatfield, Pa.-based Clemens pork processor that has a plant in Coldwater, Mich., is to ensure the “health and well-being of the animals.”
Super Bowl LIII will be watched by more than 100 million people on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, according to Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data. According to the National Retail Federation, watchers will spend $10.2 billion on food and beverages. And what tops the list? Wings and ribs, of course.
In a recent study from the National Pork Board, consumers reportedly want healthy, simple-to-cook and versatile foods. However, if pork producers fail to adapt and change its food solutions to meet these wants, then the report notes they will “die by our inability to adapt to this evolving landscape.”
The November USDA/NASS Crop Production Report showed U.S. 2018 corn production to be 14.6 billion bushels, down 1% from the October estimate. It would still be the second largest crop on record, just below the 2016 record of 2016 of 15.1 billion bushels.
The development of an upper air trough across central and eastern North America during the last week of October led to northwesterly flow across the Great Lakes region and to an extended period of early winter weather through much of the first half of November.
Welcome to the 2018 Field Focus feature. This year, six of our seven reporters are members of ProFile, a leadership development program of Michigan Farm Bureau. In each print edition of Michigan Farm News through the growing season, these young farmers will tell you about conditions on their farms and their regions.
Seasonably cool and drier weather developed across the Great Lakes region during late October, allowing a resumption and/or acceleration of fall harvest and fieldwork activities across Michigan. With a persistent troughing pattern in place during much of the latter half of October, temperatures fell to below normal values, slowing grain dry down and soil evaporation rates.
The jet stream flow across North America changed dramatically during mid-October, with the transition of the highly amplified western troughing/eastern ridging pattern of the past few weeks to a western ridging/ eastern troughing pattern.