Michigan Farm News
  • Rick Snyder’s fiscal policy: What’s his legacy?

    Category: Opinion

    by James M. Hohman, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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    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.

    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.

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

    Category: Opinion

    by Richard Gerstenberger

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    What's humane and inhumane for chickens?

    Category: Opinion

    by National Association of Egg Farmers

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    Forcing chickens into production systems that increase bone breakage is inhumane. How will consumers react to finding round worms in their eggs? 

    ‘Documentary’ film debunked

    Category: People, Opinion

    by U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance

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    The film attempts to answer that question without including perspectives from modern farmers and ranchers or the organizations that represent them.

    The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

    Category: Opinion

    by Carl Bednarski

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    Here’s what I want us to pause and think about: None of this happens without our grass-roots policy development process. It happens because of your support in countless ways, especially responding to action requests. Without the right individuals serving in elected positions, it doesn’t happen.

    Everyone wins with sustainable technology

    Category: Opinion

    by Eric Gibson, USSEC

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    Soybean production increased by 120 percent during this period, while land use on a per bushel basis declined 40 percent; water used for irrigation dropped 32 percent; energy use declined by 35 percent and greenhouse gas emissions declined by 38 percent

    Urban students learn that ag is more than tractors and cows

    Category: Opinion

    by Kelly Miller, Human Resource Manager, Nufarm Americas, via Seed World

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    Feedback from the CHSAS, students and their parents has been enthusiastically positive. The students take home the positive realities that they hear about agriculture.

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  • Columns

    Lights of hope for dairy producers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | August 15, 2018 

    Recent market upticks, along with new proposed dairy processing in Michigan, are signaling a new light of hope for dairy farmers as they battle through one of the longest downturns in dairy marketing in recent history.

    Field Focus: August 15, 2018

    It’s still too dry for most of your Field Focus reporters as we reach mid-August. But they remain optimistic and are looking forward to fall harvest right around the corner.

    Field Focus: July 15, 2018

    Dry and hot was a persistent theme identified by Michigan Farm News’s Field Focus reporters for the July 15 edition. By now the drought has ended in most of the state, but we’ll wait for the Aug. 15 report to see if conditions have changed enough to keep alive the optimism our seven reporters have displayed this year.

    Field Focus - June 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.

    Field Focus - May 30, 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.