Michigan Farm News
  • Do FDA ‘guidance’ documents skirt the regulatory process?

    Category: Opinion, Politics

    by Dan Flynn, Food Safety News

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    Agency enforcement personnel regularly point to guidance documents as their basis for concluding that a regulated entity is not complying with the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

    Benefits of DEQ transparency

    Category: Opinion

    by Richard K. Studley and Carl Bednarski

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    Groups in opposition to the legislation are fearful because it reduces their influence by requiring a public discussion by well-educated individuals who can easily refute any baseless political rhetoric.

    A state of appreciation

    Category: Opinion, Politics

    by Carl Bednarski

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    MFB President Carl Bednarski had the opportunity to represent Farm Bureau members at Gov. Rick Snyder’s eighth and final state of the state address.

    A harvest of rural prosperity begins with sound policy

    Category: Opinion

    by Zippy Duvall, president, AFBF

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    We intend to keep agriculture on the cutting edge of innovation and ensure that our nation’s farmers and ranchers can continue to feed the world.

    2017 was good for Michigan

    Category: People, Opinion

    by James M. Hohman, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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    State economy continues to expand.

    A presidential start to 2018

    Category: Opinion

    by Farm Policy Facts

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    A lot has changed since President Bush addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation.  But one thing has not: American farmers and ranchers deserve our backing with a strong and sensible U.S. farm policy.

    Unlawful In Michigan to work for less than $9.25/hour

    Category: Opinion, Politics

    by Tom Gantert, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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    Mandated amount hiked after unions threatened to price even more workers out of jobs.

    “Common Sense” for dairy farmers

    Category: Opinion, Markets & Weather

    by Phil Durst, MSUE

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    Words of encouragement and challenge from the American Revolution hold value today for dairy farmers facing a crisis of their own.

    Labor issues? Get ready for the hot buttons

    Category: Opinion, Fruits & Vegetables

    by Kim Clarke, Varnum Law

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    New for the 2018 seminar is a "mock audit," where we walk through the specific details and strategies of a U.S. Department of Labor audit.

    One view: Christmas reflection

    Category: Opinion

    by Farm Policy Facts.org

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    It’s incredible, actually.  Farmers toil in one of the riskiest enterprises on the planet, just to feed and clothe the rest of us.

    We’ve approached a decisive moment in seed biology

    Category: Opinion

    by Allan Bruce Downie via Seed World

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    The farmer won’t be happy if the seeds they spent so much money on don’t complete germination. Seed companies incur a huge expense trying to generate highly vigorous seeds each year so farmers are guaranteed high germination percentages.

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  • Columns

    Measuring operational efficiencies

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | November 9, 2017 

    In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to monitor the operational efficiency of your operation.
     

    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.