Michigan Farm News
  • Cover crop acreage up 50% nationally; 54% in Michigan over 5 years

    Category: Livestock, Opinion, Technology, Markets & Weather, Crops, Politics

    by USDA; Farm News Media

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    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.

    MFB Young Farmers take note – complete the 2019 Young Farmer Survey and be entered to win!

    Category: People, Livestock, Opinion, Technology, Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    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.

    Culver’s kicks-off $15,000 FFA essay contest

    Category: Opinion, Politics

    by Culvers; Farm News Media

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    Culver’s is continuing its tradition of celebrating National FFA Week by launching its fifth annual FFA Essay Contest. Three essay writers will be chosen to receive $7,500, $5,000 or $2,500 for their FFA chapters. The essay contest is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of—and passion for—the agricultural industry.

    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

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    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

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    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.

    Defending our right to farm

    Category: Opinion

    by Amelia Kent

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    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.

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

    Category: Opinion

    by Carmen Rottenberg

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    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

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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.

    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.

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