If all goes as planned, the USDA intends to require the use of electronic ear tags using radio frequency identification (RFID) nationwide for beef, dairy cattle and bison moving interstate by Jan. 1, 2023, to speed up information capture and sharing of animal movement. If realized, livestock producers in other states will finally be catching up with their Michigan peers.
Industry leaders say Michigan’s food supply is safe from emerging contaminants — for the time being.
Close to a quarter of a billion dozen eggs will be sold during the Easter holiday, many of which will be dyed for baskets, rolls and hunts. Others will be incorporated into breakfast casseroles and breads to be enjoyed during holiday gatherings. With a decline in egg prices this year over last, there will be more than an ample supply to brighten the faces of kids young and old.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced recently that the government of Tunisia and the United States have finalized U.S. export certificates to allow imports of U.S. beef, poultry, and egg products into Tunisia.
Adoption of cover crops as a key soil health practice continues at a rapid rate throughout the country, according to new data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Cover crops were planted on 15.4 million acres in 2017, an increase of 50% over five years, the census shows. According to MFB Field Crops Specialist Theresa Sisung, Michigan farmers were just slightly over the national average, boosting cover crops acres by 54% over the same period to 673,205 acres.
If you’re a young farmer between the ages of 18 to 35, Michigan Farm Bureau’s 22-member State Young Farmer Committee wants to hear from you. The online 2019 Young Farmer Survey is intended to capture a complete understanding of young farmer members and their expectations.
MDARD has designated parts of Iosco and Ogemaw counties as a “Potential High-Risk Area” for bovine tuberculosis as a result of a free-ranging white-tailed deer in Alcona County testing positive for bovine TB. Anytime a positive deer is identified, all cattle and bison herds located within a 15-mile radius of the deer must be tested for bovine TB within six months.
Relocating wolves to Isle Royale may only be a temporary solution to the island’s diminishing wolf population, according to a recent study.
The spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) is forcing the National Pork Producer’s Council to cancel the World Pork Expo, one of the industry’s largest events.
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are very stable man-made chemicals able to repel water, oil, fat, and stains. Those unique properties make it an ideal ingredient for fire-fighting foam routinely used at airports, oil repellants and some types of nonstick cookware and common household products, including stain-protectant “Scotchgard.” Unfortunately, those same unique properties have made PFAS very persistent in the environment — meaning they don’t break down but rather bioaccumulate over time in the environment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The northern Lower Peninsula hasn’t had an established wolf population for almost 100 years. But computer modeling by researchers from Central Michigan and Mississippi State universities and the U.S. Forest Service assessed potential den habitats and “dispersal corridors” in the state. Their study calls wolves “highly mobile habitat generalists” and maps several potential routes for them to cross from the U.P into the Lower Peninsula.