Nearly 17,000 dairy operations have signed up for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program since June 17, when signup opened. The announcement Aug. 19 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) cites 702 Michigan dairy operations enrolled in the program, trailing in size only to Wisconsin (4,832), Minnesota (1,865), New York (1,779) and Pennsylvania (1,511).
Innovative research to improve the effectiveness of the flu vaccine begins in an unlikely place – the county fair. A team of experts at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine travel to more than 100 fairs each year, swabbing the snouts of pigs for novel strains of the flu that are likely to impact humans.
The American Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with Farm Credit has opened online applications for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. In its sixth year, the Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition for U.S. food and agriculture startups. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will conduct a public meeting Tuesday, Aug.13, to gather comments about a proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Winn, a small community located south of Mt. Pleasant in Isabella County.
Following several livestock truck rollovers over the last few years in Michigan and adjacent states, MSU Extension, along with Michigan Pork Producers Association, recognized the need to have a network of trained people across the state to respond to these accidents. In an effort to fulfill this need, a one-day training event will take place September 23, 2019, at the MSU Pavilion for Livestock Education, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824, from 9:00 am to 4 p.m.
A new agreement this month between the United States and the European Union will nearly triple duty-free exports of domestic beef. According to a statement Aug. 2 from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, American farmers and ranchers will now have a “bigger share of Europe’s beef market.” In contingent with the agreement, annual duty-free exports are forecast to grow from $150 million to $420 million when fully implemented, the statement reads.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has identified pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair in Livingston County and a second location — the Eastern Michigan State Fair held at Imlay City in Lapeer County — positive for swine flu in the past week.
Recently, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy had issued a public notice for a public comment period that closed on July 29, 2019, on a statewide E. coli TMDL. If a farm is a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) or has a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, then their permit will become consistent with the TMDL.
Distinguished individuals and businesses were recognized for their contributions and dedication to the cattle industry during the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) Summer Round-Up in Clare.
The Michigan Cattlemen’s Association has announced the opening of nominations for the 2019-20 MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program. Seedstock producers from across the region can nominate bulls through Sept. 1, 2019. The program will begin with bull delivery on Oct. 11-12 and will conclude with the Annual Bull Evaluation Sale on March 21, 2020.
Michigan dairy producers can take full credit for the overall national increase in total milk production for June, according to the latest USDA Great Lakes NASS office production report. Dairy herds in Michigan produced 969 million pounds of milk during June — an increase of 21 million pounds or 2.2% more than June 2018.