Michigan Farm News
  • Defending our right to farm

    Category: Opinion

    by Amelia Kent


    Consumers do not understand most of the challenges and struggles we face on a daily basis. But they have the benefit of an affordable food supply – one that is cheaper than it should be and one for which farmers and/or their crops have been vilified.

    Dollars and Sense: Working through difficult times with your lender

    Category: Opinion

    by Ian McGonigal, Sr Vice President of Regional Sales, GreenStone Farm Credit Services


    It is no secret the extended downturn in the commodity markets, across all sectors, is taking a toll on farmers working to manage through the current challenges. For some, tough decisions like exiting a multi-generational family business before all the equity is gone are being made.

    For others, all options have been exhausted and are facing financial hardships. In all cases, including those not facing financial difficulties, farmers should develop the best course of action when working through financial challenges with their lender.

    Farmer’s Daughter: Agriculture should be a priority of your midterm candidate choice

    Category: Opinion

    by Farm News Media


    Tomorrow is election day, and Amanda Zaluckyj, who blogs under the name The Farmer’s Daughter USA, issued a challenge over the weekend in this article for AGDAILY, urging voters to cast their ballots for farmer-friendly candidates. From federal elections all the way down to local races, agriculture needs to be tuned in and focused.

    Opinion: Small town policies hinder entrepreneurs

    Category: Opinion

    by C. Jarrett Dieterle and Nick Zaiac, R Street Institute; The Detroit News

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    Ryan Nixon’s farm near Dexter, Michigan, has been in his family for 99 years. To help make ends meet, Nixon began looking for new ways to make money from his farm. He started by creating a corn maze for children to play in and, by 2012 — as the farm wedding craze took off — people began inquiring about his barn as a venue.

    Setting the record straight: Your meat and poultry are safe to eat

    Category: Opinion

    by Carmen Rottenberg


    Consumer Reports admits in their closing paragraph that the real agenda behind this piece is to convince Americans to eat less meat. 

    New Treasury rules aim to increase online sales tax compliance, revenue

    Category: Opinion

    by Citizens Research Council of Michigan

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    Treasury’s new rules, effective Oct. 1, will require any online retailer that conducts business in Michigan in the amount of $100,000 or more in total sales or 200 or more transactions in the previous calendar year to collect and pay the 6 percent state sales tax.

    Rick Snyder’s fiscal policy: What’s his legacy?

    Category: Opinion

    by James M. Hohman, Mackinac Center for Public Policy


    Michigan’s state budget increased from $26.3 billion to $33.1 billion during the Snyder administration, an 11 percent increase when adjusted for inflation.

    Michigan welcomes U.S. farm leaders, lawmakers at critical time

    Category: Opinion

    by Richard Gerstenberger


    Sugar producers, like other farmers throughout rural America, have been struggling with low prices and unfair trade practices abroad. The result has been a prolonged economic depression in the countryside, mounting pressure on farmers to obtain necessary capital and growing angst about the future.

    FDA oversight won’t unlock gene editing potential

    Category: Opinion

    by National Pork Producers Council


    FDA oversight will treat any gene edited animal as a living animal drug – and every farm raising them a drug manufacturing facility – undermining U.S. agricultural competitiveness

    EU court rules to regulate genome editing as a GMO

    Category: Opinion, Technology

    by Farm News Media


    The European Court of Justice ruled that organisms obtained by gene editing techniques are subject to the same regulations as genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

    Farmer angst grows over foreign actions

    Category: Opinion

    by Farm Policy Facts


    Most products leaving rural America – from corn, cotton and chicken legs to sorghum, sirloins and specialty crops – have been hit hard in recent weeks.

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  • Columns

    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.