Michigan Farm News
  • Livestock outlook for 2019? Expect more of the same…

    Category: Livestock

    by Dennis Rudat, Farm News Media

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    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.

    Experts: Michigan farmers must ‘share values,’ relate with consumers

    Category: Livestock

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    From misinformation to miseducation, the public’s perception of food is in flux — and farmers know it.

    Cold weather horse management tips

    Category: Livestock

    by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; Farm News Media

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    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.

    Okkema-Clark recognized with the excellence in Dairy Promotion award

    Category: Livestock

    by United Dairy Industry of Michigan; Farm News Media

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    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.

    Michigan Youth Livestock Fund taking applications for 2019 scholarships

    Category: Livestock

    by MDARD/MI Farm News

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    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.

    Michigan dairy farmers shine in National Dairy Quality Awards program

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media

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    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.

    Michigan Farm Bureau calls on FDA to enforce milk labeling regs

    Category: Livestock

    by Dennis Rudat | Farm News Media

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    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.

    Michigan woman 2018 Paint Professional Horsewoman of the Year

    Category: Livestock

    by Paint Horse Journal, http://apha.com; Farm News Media

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    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.

    Clemens ‘prohibits’ 2 hog haulers from working with the company again, following cold-weather incident

    Category: Livestock

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    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.”

    Ribs, wings favored for Super Bowl LIII

    Category: Livestock

    by USDA; Farm News Media

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    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.

    As consumers’ eating habits change, so, too, should pork industry’s marketing to consumers

    Category: Livestock

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    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.”

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    Market Outlook: Large corn inventories don’t bode well for price outlook

    Dr. Jim Hiker | November 30, 2018

     Jim Hilker png(1)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. 

    Weather Outlook: Warmer and drier days ahead…

    Jeff Andresen | November 30, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngThe 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.

    Field Focus- November 15, 2018

    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. 

     

    Weather Outlook: Above normal precipitation to continue

    Jeff Andresen | November 15, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngSeasonably 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.


    Drier days ahead for harvest?

    Jeff Andresen | October 30, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngThe 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.