Michigan Farm News
  • Worker shortage threatens U.S. ag sustainability

    Category: Opinion

    by Zippy Duvall, president, AFBF

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    As I’ve said many a time, we’re coming to a point where America will have to decide if we’re going to import workers or import our food.

    Teaming up to revitalize an agricultural industry

    Category: Opinion

    by James Comer and Jim Holte

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    The U.S. is the only major industrialized country that cannot legally grow hemp as a crop.

    What is Farm Bureau doing for me?

    Category: Opinion

    by Carl Bednarski, president, Michigan Farm Bureau

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    Thanks to our grassroots policy process, MFB is confident in the direction from our members and is able to resolve a lot of things before they become real issues.

    Keep working on tax reform

    Category: Opinion

    by Shiloh Perry

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    The tax-reform framework that was released last week is very promising, but it is only a start and there is still much work to be done.

    Heritage Foundation's farm policy conclusions debunked

    Category: Opinion

    by Farm Policy Facts

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    "Relevant data should be presented in ways that inform the discussion . . . rather than in ways that distort information or confuse the debate."

    Staying above the fray on social media

    Category: Opinion

    by Kari Barbic

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    If you stay focused on building your reputation as a credible resource, you have a better chance of making all your words count, even if you don’t get the last word.

    Syngenta CEO wants debate on ‘sustainable agriculture’

    Category: Opinion, Crops

    by Seed World

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    Fyrwald says he agrees with the definition of sustainable agriculture recently put forward by French minister Stephane Travert: “The objective is to have affordable food with tools that are safe for the farmers, for consumers, and good for environment.”

    All the facts fit to print

    Category: Opinion

    by Zippy Duvall

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    There are a lot of glass-half-empty people out there who are quick to criticize today’s agriculture, but the facts tell a different story.

    We’ve been warned

    Category: Opinion

    by Bill Marler, Food Safety News

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    We must invest now in science, surveillance, systems to minimize threat of foodborne terrorism.

    Will government heed the hard lessons?

    Category: Opinion

    by Dr. Bob Young, AFBF Chief Economist & Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy

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    Annual supply control programs or long-term programs are ideas that never worked really well, and they certainly do not recognize the realities of agriculture in the second and third decades of the 21st century.

    Unauthentic information

    Category: Opinion

    by Nancy DeVooght

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    Addressing the issue of depression in farmers would be a better use of this particular forum.

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  • Columns

    Apply for building permits at your own risk

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | September 19, 2017 

    Matt ZimmermanIt is generally well accepted that a building permit is not required for buildings used for agricultural purposes if the building does not include retail trade.
     

    Understanding operating loans

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | September 7, 2017 

    Martin KarperskiFarming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.
     

    Tips to prepare now for H-2A next year

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | July 6, 2017 

    Kimberly Clark pngAs more employers plan to use the H-2A program, completing the following items this year will make an easier transition to H-2A employment.
     

    Dairy: an unenviable position

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | June 6, 2017 

    Ben SpitzleyThe dairy industry is facing a challenging time, a cyclical downturn that’s lasted longer than in previous cycles, and is expected to continue for at least the near-term.

    Challenges and opportunities for young, beginning and small farmers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | May 3, 2017 

    Ashley Den DulkFarming is a challenging undertaking, with long days that start early and are filled with physical demands from running the tractor to calving cows to fixing equipment to repairing fence posts.