Michigan Farm News
  • Earth Day 2018: Agriculture doing its part to end plastic pollution

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media


    Earth Day 2018 is Sunday, April 22. This year’s campaign is all about ending plastic pollution. Farmers are utilizing alternative practices more and more to help eliminate the use of plastic on their operations.

    Michigan Tractor Supply Stores donate $32,600 to local FFA projects

    Category: People

    by Tractor Supply Company


    In Michigan, the grants will help fund a variety of projects, including a beekeeping initiative, upgrading an equine arena and a program expansion through the addition of a livestock pasture.

    Get your shotguns ready for Young Farmers Trap Shoot

    Category: People

    by Justin Hein, Michigan Farm Bureau


    Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in the men’s, women’s and five experience divisions.

    History Teams sprouting like it’s spring

    Category: People

    by Michigan Farm Bureau


    30 county Farm Bureaus have already appointed Local History Teams. 

    MSU students take fifth place at NAMA competition

    Category: People

    by MSU

    In addition to placing fifth in the marketing competition, the MSU team won first place in the John Deere Signature Award and third place for Outstanding Student Chapter. 

    Nominate a deserving MFB member for honors

    Category: People

    by Amelia Miller, Michigan Farm Bureau


    Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) annually honors deserving Farm Bureau members and individuals for their contributions and achievements in supporting and advancing the state's agriculture industry and furthering MFB's values and member-driven policy.

    June memorial planned for Bob Zeeb

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media


    Bob Zeeb believed in the adage that if you could find a way to make a living doing what you loved, you’d be on vacation 365 days a year.

    Ag Community Relief ready to assist wildfire ravaged Oklahoma

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media


    Wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma have destroyed close to 400,000 acres of rangeland since last week with roughly 13 percent of the fire contained. A state of emergency was declared by OK Gov. Mary Fallin on April 13th for 52 counties in the drought stricken region. Michigan-based Ag Community Relief will depart soon with supplies and is accepting donations for assistance.

    Vote for Michigan 4-H!

    Category: People

    by Michigan Farm Bureau


    4-H alumni and supporters are encouraged to vote in the Raise Your Hand Campaign to help Michigan receive funds toward the expansion of 4-H programs.

    April is Safe Digging Month in Michigan

    Category: People

    by Consumers Energy


    Contacting MISS DIG 811 required by law when using power digging equipment.

    MSU students raise $16,000 for disabled farmers

    Category: People

    by Michigan AgrAbility


    This year’s event grossed $28,950 and according to James Parker, event co-chairman, AGR plans to donate approximately $16,000 of after-expense monies to the Michigan AgrAbility organization.

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  • Columns

    The value of financial benchmarks

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | March 24, 2018 

    Financial benchmarks provide farmers key insights into how their operation is performing financially and help identify areas for improvement.



    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.