Last spring, Foremost Farms broke ground on a new $57.9 million milk-condensing operation in Greenville. Now, nearly a year later they are ramping up production — with an assist from Consumers Energy in the form of $403,451 in energy efficiency incentive payments.
The USDA announced today it is offering $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP) in a joint effort with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The 2018 Farm Bill included this new pilot program to help address the threat that feral swine pose to agriculture, ecosystems and human and animal health.
Are the employees working on your farm there to help care for your animals? Do their goals align with your business? Unfortunately, as the dairy industry has witnessed this past month in the Fair Oaks Farms video orchestrated by the Animal Recovery Mission, it’s a common strategy for individuals go “undercover” on farms to record videos that can be taken out of context, stage scenes of animal mistreatment or encourage abuse to record it without doing anything to stop it.
Signup begins June 17 for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, the cornerstone program of the dairy safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices. It is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Michigan-based Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch broke ground recently for the construction of a sustainable cage-free egg-laying facility in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
Chicago ranks as the deadliest city in the United States for birds, according to a recent study by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Detroit is the 13th most deadly in the spring and 15th in the fall. Other Great Lakes regional cities in the study’s top 20 are Minneapolis (sixth spring, seventh fall) and Indianapolis (16th spring, 13th fall).
Should Upper Peninsula fish fear wolves? Or thank them? A clue may be in Yellowstone National Park studies that show fish populations are rising there since the gray wolf population boomed. Meanwhile, other scientists are studying how wolves catch and eat fish in Minnesota and considering how they might behave in Northern Michigan.
Cathy and Chuck McCune want dairy farmers to know that there’s life after dairying.
An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruling this week to exempt the reporting of routine emissions from animal waste to state and local authorities is a win for livestock farmers.
There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to complying with livestock permitting regulations for Michigan livestock operations.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has awarded Michigan State University a $1 million grant to improve dairy cow feed efficiency, which could improve farmer profitability and substantially reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of the dairy industry. The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) provided matching funds for a total award of $2 million.