Michigan Farm News
  • New zoning order increases requirements to protect Michigan cattle industry

    Category: Opinion

    by James Averill, DVM, PhD, State Veterinarian

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    Considering the risk of deer activity around farms, two targeted efforts are being implemented by the new zoning order to further protect the cattle industry.

    Lab-grown meat: A culture change?

    Category: Opinion

    by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. and FDA Deputy Commissioner Anna Abram

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    The use of animal cell culture technology as a method of food production and manufacturing raises many important considerations from a technical and regulatory perspective.

    Planting good farm policy and trade

    Category: Opinion

    by Carl Bednarski

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    As I write this, I look at concerns over timely field work and uncertainty, but within different fields.

    Celebrate World Milk Day tomorrow

    Category: People, Opinion

    by United Dairy Industry of Michigan

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    Don’t forget to include #WorldMilkDay, #MilkMeansMore and #UndeniablyDairy with your social media posts.

    Farm bill proves sunshine is the best disinfectant

    Category: Opinion, Politics

    by Farm Policy Facts

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    Members of Congress who typically carry EWG’s water… would not dare to be so blatant in their opposition to farmers, ranchers, and dairymen.   

    ‘Pro-choice nutritionist’ calls out produce guides

    Category: Opinion

    by Toby Amidor, contributor to Food Safety News

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    My advice to consumers is avoid “guide” confusion and follow the “guidance” of health experts, as well as the research, that recommend eating more organic, conventional, ugly or local fruits and veggies each day. 

    EPA reform is welcome, overdue

    Category: Opinion

    by Zippy Duvall, president, AFBF

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    We welcome these efforts to bring more transparency to a government agency that has a long record of acting beyond its constitutional authority and crafting environmental policies based on questionable, possibly unscientific data.

    For veterans, a positive impact and positive outlet

    Category: Opinion

    by Nick Babcock and Carl Bednarski

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    When soldiers who’ve fought for their country return to the Land of Opportunity, too often they find uncertainty. New legislation introduced by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts will give them a better chance to continue serving their country on the farm.

    Free-Range kids in Michigan?

    Category: Opinion

    by Jarrett Skorup, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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    New Utah law recognizes independence for parents and children.

    Lessons learned while studying Michigan’s urban and rural communities

    Category: Opinion

    by Eric Lupher

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    The problems of Detroit, Flint, Muskegon and other older cities are well-documented and resources have been devoted to revitalizing their neighborhoods, attracting new businesses, and other economic development activities. Relative to those efforts, very few resources have been devoted to rural communities.

    To revitalize rural communities, we must revitalize infrastructure

    Category: Opinion

    by Jason Allen

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    “Included in the FY 2018 budget bill that Congress just passed and President Trump signed in March is a robust investment of $600 million in rural broadband.”

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  • Columns

    Field Focus - June

    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

    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.

    Breaking entry barriers for new farmers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | May 23, 2018 

    Farming can be a capital-intense business and with land prices increasing and commodity prices decreasing it may appear impossible for individuals to enter into farming. However, we also know if we are to continue to have access to a safe and affordable food supply, we must have resources available to encourage the next generation of farmers.

     

     

    Field Focus - May 15

    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. 


    Use financial reports to assist in guiding business decisions

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | April 24, 2018 

    Are you wondering what the break-even cost is on your cattle operation? Are you unsure what market price you need on your crops to cover inputs? Questioning if you should buy that piece of equipment this year or next year to minimize income taxes?