Michigan Farm News
  • Local Farm Bureau Insurance Agents aiming to end hunger in Michigan

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Through the Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan Agent Charitable Fund, local agents all over the state have put together trucks ready to hall fresh produce to food banks for people in need.

    Mike and Melissa Stamp named in new, 5-count ‘Superseding Indictment’

    Category: People

    by Dennis Rudat and Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    Based on legal filings, Michigan Farm News has learned that Michael “Mike” and Melissa Stamp have both been named as co-defendants in a new five-count “Superseding Indictment” on federal charges, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan’s Southern Division on Nov. 14. 

    Among those charges are the conspiracy to commit bank fraud and crop insurance fraud.

    According to those court documents, Mike and Melissa Stamp of the Decatur, Mich.- based Stamp Farms LLC and Northstar Grain LLC “knowingly conspired, confederated, and agreed among themselves and with persons known and unknown to the grand jury, to defraud Wells Fargo Bank,” a federally-insured financial institution.

    Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO the setting for award presentations

    Category: People

    by Fruit Growers News

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    Awards and scholarships were handed out Dec. 5 at the 18th Annual Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO held at the Amway Grand Hotel’s Ambassador Ballroom in Grand Rapids, Michigan. An educator, industry leaders and farmers were recognized for their contributions to the industry. Videos on the four winners can be seen here.

    Snyder makes Ag Preservation Fund Board appointments

    Category: People

    by Michigan Farm Bureau

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    Governor Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of three Farm Bureau members to the state’s Agricultural Preservation Fund Board.

    MFB events to put on your calendar for early 2019

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    There are four opportunities in Feb. and March 2019 to “Help, Meet and Learn” about Michigan Farm Bureau from a variety of areas. Council of Presidents Conference is Feb. 4-5 in East Lansing, Growing Together Conference is Feb. 15-17 in Grand Rapids, Lansing Legislative Seminar is Feb. 26, and Washington Legislative Seminar is March 26-28 in our nation’s capital.

     

    Monroe, Wayne lead all counties statewide during 2018 Harvest for All donations

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    For the 14th consecutive year, MFB members shared agriculture's bounty and helped neighbors in need through Harvest for All—a national program encouraging county Farm Bureaus to help fight hunger in their local communities. It is accomplished by donating surplus agricultural commodities, non-perishable food products, money and/or volunteer hours to local food

    MFB’s Carl Bednarski wins presidential re-election

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Carl Bednarski, a Tuscola County cash crop farmer, has been re-elected to continue serving as president of the Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) board of directors. He was first elected to the position in 2014 as the organization’s 16th president.

    Tera Baker wins state Farm Bureau discussion meet

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Tera Baker of Berrien County took the top spot at Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) 2018 Young Farmer Discussion Meet Nov. 28 at MFB's 99th Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids.

    Michigan Farmers donate care packages for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Farmers from across Michigan donated teddy bears and care packages to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital on Thursday, November 29 . In honor of Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) centennial celebration, 100 backpacks, each filled with a hand-stuffed teddy bear and a Michigan agriculture coloring book, were delivered to the hospital. The backpacks will be used by volunteer services to brighten a child’s day in waiting rooms or outpatient services.

     

    Michigan Farm Bureau posthumously honors Josh Wunsch with Distinguished Service to Agriculture award

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Michigan Farm Bureau’s most prestigious award, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, recognizes individuals that have made a significant lifetime commitment and contribution to agriculture. Grand Traverse County farmer, Josh Wunsch, was posthumously added to the distinguished list of names. His wife Barb, son Isaiah, and daughter Adele received the award in his honor. He passed away suddenly earlier this year.

     

    Silver Plow honors trio of farm-friendly lawmakers

    Category: People

    by Nicole Severy

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    Three lawmakers whose efforts helped ensure the prosperity of Michigan agriculture were honored with Michigan Farm Bureau's Silver Plow Award at the organization’s 99th Annual Meeting.

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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.